Materials science and engineering (MSE) professor Sabyasachi Sen received the 2020 Otto Schott Research Award, recognizing his research excellence in the fields of glasses and glass ceramics. Sen will be honored at a special a ceremony at the annual American Ceramic Society’s Glass and Optical Materials Division meeting from May 17-21 in New Orleans.
“This is a distinction of the highest stature in the field of glass, glass-ceramics and related advanced materials,” said Sen’s colleague, MSE distinguished professor Subhash Risbud. “It is a well-deserved landmark accomplishment that brings honor to our department and college.”
The Otto Schott Research award recognizes outstanding scientific achievements in the fields of mechanics, optics, electronics, glasses and glass ceramics and encourages collaboration between academia and industry. Since 1991, it is given every other year by the Germans Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Science, alternating with the Carl Zeiss Research Award. Both awards are top honors in the field of glass science.
"I feel deeply honored for being selected by my peers to receive this prestigious award,” said Sen.
Sen studies amorphous and crystalline materials like glasses and ceramics, characterizing their structural and dynamic properties using spectroscopy, rheology and electrical measurement. His group works to understand the interplay between structure and transport phenomena in these materials, which has applications in photonics, telecommunications, energy storage and remote sensing.
Sen received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Calcutta in India and came to the U.S. to receive a second M.S. from the University of Houston and then a Ph.D. from Stanford University. After two years in academia in the UK and six in R&D in industry, he joined UC Davis in 2004.