Former MechE graduate student and instructor propelled early Corning research
If you enjoy flatscreen TVs, playing Angry Birds, or swiping and tapping your way to dinner reservations, you have George C. Shay '48G partially to thank.
According to Glass-international.com, at Corning Shay was "responsible for inventing the revolutionary, 'down draw' or 'fusion' process ... it was in the 1990's when the technology really came in to its own, with the convergence of the LCD and TV market. The fusion process's thin low warp hard-glass, fulfilled the needs of this technological breakthrough in visual communications."
"Today," reads The Roanoke Times on October 2, 2014, "most people interact daily with devices whose thin but strong glass enables their connection to the digital universe -- smart phones, laptops, computer tablets, flat screen TVs and more. Thus the pioneering research and development work of Shay, colleague Stuart Dockerty and others ... touches nearly every life in some fashion."