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The Inamori Kyocera Fine Ceramics Museum Opens at Alfred University in New York

Alfred is world renowned as center for ceramics education and research

May 10, 2011
The Inamori Kyocera Fine Ceramics Museum opened on May 10 on the Alfred University campus in Alfred, New York (U.S.A.) — a university world renowned for education and research in ceramics and glass. The museum features the history of the technological progression of fine ceramics (also known as advanced or engineered ceramics) and displays some of the most cutting-edge applications. The museum, which is open to the public, is the first of its kind in the U.S. to provide a comprehensive overview of fine ceramics history and technology.

Photo:The Inamori Kyocera Fine Ceramics Museum entryway Photo:The Inamori Kyocera Fine Ceramics Museum interior

(L-R): The Inamori Kyocera Fine Ceramics Museum entryway* and interior
(* Photo courtesy of Alfred University / Pamela Torok)


Alfred University was established in 1836 in upstate New York, and holds a reputation as a center for education and research in ceramics and glass. Kyocera Corporation, which was founded in 1959 in Kyoto City, opened its first overseas manufacturing facility in San Diego, California in 1971. Since then, Kyocera has had a long history of recruiting Alfred University graduates who have contributed greatly to the growth and success of Kyocera in North America.

In 1988, Kyocera's founder and current Chairman Emeritus, Kazuo Inamori, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by Alfred University in recognition for his leadership in the field of fine ceramic materials.

In 2005, Kyocera gave the university a US$10 million endowment to help support the school's education and research in the field of ceramics, and to contribute to the development of the ceramics industry and local community.

The university then renamed its engineering school the Inamori School of Engineering in honor of Dr. Inamori. The Inamori Kyocera Fine Ceramics Museum was established to enhance the understanding of the importance and potential of fine ceramics technology with students and the general public by introducing its history and cutting-edge applications.

A dedication ceremony for the museum was held on May 10, with Alfred University President Charles M. Edmondson and Kyocera founder Dr. Kazuo Inamori in attendance. In a speech, Dr. Inamori stated, “I hope this museum will help people understand the rapid progress of the fine ceramics industry and its contribution to the betterment of society and humankind.”

“We are deeply honored that Dr. Inamori was able to join us for this occasion,” said President Edmondson. “Dr. Inamori has been a valued friend to the university and, in particular, to our School of Engineering, so we are delighted he is here as we dedicate this museum in his honor.”

Photo:Kyocera Founder Dr. Kazuo Inamori and Alfred University President Charles M. Edmondson at the dedication ceremony Photo:Kyocera Founder Dr. Kazuo Inamori and Alfred University President Charles M. Edmondson at the dedication ceremony

Kyocera Founder Dr. Kazuo Inamori and Alfred University President Charles M. Edmondson at the dedication ceremony
(Photos courtesy of Alfred University / Pamela Torok)


Overview of the Museum

The Inamori Kyocera Fine Ceramics Museum was established with the goal of enhancing understanding of fine ceramics among university and high school students, researchers and the general public. The museum, which is located on the university campus and is open to the public, features roughly 670 examples of fine ceramic applications.

Main Displays
History

An introduction of the development of Kyocera fine ceramic applications spanning the company's 50-year history (1959-2008)

Kyocera Group's new applications (divided into 5 categories)

1. Global Communications; 2. Advanced Electronics;
3. Energy and Environment; 4. Science and Industry; 5. Health and Home

Ceramic packages

A history of the evolution of ceramic packages, which have developed along with semiconductors, and the wide range of fields in which they are used

Applications for North America

A display of the diverse range of applications the Kyocera Group has introduced in North America

Earthenware, porcelain, etc.

Displays outlining the history of earthenware, porcelain and glass (assembled by Alfred University)

Timeline of Kazuo Inamori's achievements

Introduces the biography and achievements of Kyocera founder and Chairman Emeritus, Kazuo Inamori