Distinguished University Professor / CAMP Director S.V. Babu (left) Welcomes John E. Prendergast, CAMP’s New Deputy Director.

John E. Prendergast is CAMP’s New Deputy Director

John (Jack) E. Prendergast has joined CAMP as its new Deputy Director. He graduated from SUNY Alfred in 1966 with an Associate’s Degree in Engineering. He also earned a BS in Chemistry (1976) from Hobart College, Geneva, NY and an MBA (1982) from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.

Mr. Prendergast spent most of his career with Ferro Corporation (a Corporate Sponsor of CAMP). He worked there for more than 39 years, in a variety of disciplines, while taking on increasing roles of responsibility. Jack's career started as a technician in the Laboratory and R&D Pilot Plant. He later moved to Manufacturing and became the Plant Manager of the Penn Yan, NY manufacturing site. Eventually Prendergast took on a new career as the Technical Director overseeing R&D for Ferro's Penn Yan business, which included Surface Finishing Materials and Electronic Materials Business. From Penn Yan, NY, Jack relocated to Ferro’s Santa Barbara, CA facility where he served as Operations Manager for the Thick Film Division of Ferro. He was responsible for Operations, R&D, Sales and Marketing at this site.

After a successful career in California, Jack returned to Ferro's Penn Yan operation where he headed up the Global Sales, Marketing Team for Ferro's Surface Finishing Business. In 1995, Jack began a program to develop Ferro's Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP) Business. Through Jack's effort, Ferro has been successful in entering the Semiconductor Industry with a line of products based on Cerium Oxide that are used for the planarization of both logic and flash memory devices. Today these materials are finding commercial application for 65 nm and 45 nm devices.

During his last 15 years of working for Ferro, Jack has been one of the key contacts for the corporation’s collaboration with CAMP. He is well known to the CAMP/Clarkson University Community. In addition, it is interesting to note that the CMP business at Ferro grew out of a partnership with CAMP and NYSERDA.

CAMP Professor Feng Hua’s Research is Featured at the Nanowerk Website

Clarkson University Professor Feng Hua and his collaborators (his doctoral student Qiaohui Zhang and researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) report that clear nanocrystals can serve as the appropriate electronic materials for transparent devices, a newly emerging area of semiconductor technology. Their work (titled “Transparent Thin-Film Transistor with Self-Assembled Nanocrystals” and published April 17, 2007 in Nanotechnology) was recently featured on Nanowerk ( http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=1858.php), a website for nanotechnology news and resources.