Publication: Bulletin of the American Ceramic Society
Columbus, OH, United States
RESEARCH ON FRITS AND ENAMELING AT
Edward R. Weidlein, director, Mellon Institute of Industrial Research Pittsburgh, Pa., has announced that the O. Hommel Company, of Pittsburgh, has founded an Industrial Fellowship in the Institute for the purpose of conducting scientific research on problems of enamel technology. In particular, it is expected that this Fellowship will acquire technical information, through its investigations in the laboratory and in plants, supplemented by the experience of specialists in the Hommel and cooperating organizations, including the Enamelers' Guild of Pittsburgh, that will enable it to serve as a clearinghouse of dependable facts regarding frits and their industrial use. Research of the Fellowship will be published for the benefit of enamelers, and advice and information on enameling, and assistance in solving plant problems and in making evaluations or other practical tests of frits will be extended gratis to companies that wish such technical aid.
The applications of the frits produced by the Hommel Company will be studied extensively, and any problems that are encountered in their use will be investigated thoroughly by the Fellowship. It is hoped by this donor that the new knowledge that will result from this work and from the other activities of the Fellowship will advance scientifically both frit production and enameling practice.
Jack H. Waggoner, the incumbent of this Fellowship, was born at St. Joseph, Mo., in 1895, and was graduated from the University of Kansas in 1920. He has been professionally active in the ceramic field for the past thirteen years as a chemical engineer and glass technologist. From 1921 to 1923 he was plant technologist for the Libbey-Owens Sheet Glass Co., Ltd., at Hamilton, Ont.; and from 1923 to 1926 he carried on numerous factory investigations for the same company at Charleston, W. Va. During the period 1926 to 1933 he was engaged in research on a number of ceramic problems at Mellon Institute on the series of Industrial Fellowships sustained by the Hemingray Glass Company of Muncie, Ind.
Previous to entering the ceramic field, Mr. Waggoner conducted research for the State of Kansas, the Standard Oil Company of Indiana, the New Jersey Zinc Co., and for Augustus H. Gill at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His experience also includes work of a practical nature on locomotive construction for the Santa Fe Railroad. During the World War he was assistant to the Army Inspector of Ordnance at the plant of the Western Cartridge Company, East Alton, Ill.
Mr. Waggoner is active in the following scientific organizations: American Ceramic Society (since 1922); Pittsburgh Section of the American Ceramic Society (treasurer, since 1930); Glass Division, American Ceramic Society (secretary, 1932); American Chemical Society (since 1919); American Gas Association (since 1922); Society of Glass Technology (since 1922); and Deutsche Glastcehnische Gesellschaft (since 1927).