Company: School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Joseph W. Perry, PhD, Professor at the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Chemistry.
Dr. Perry attributes his success to being able to look at things in a different way to trying to imagine what they can be, fitting for a professor of chemistry who produced a number of breakthroughs in 3D micro-printing and research on plastic materials formed by dyes. Dr. Perry became involved in his profession because his father was always encouraging him to become a medical doctor. During undergraduate school, he became interested in chemistry, and the course of his career shifted into more of a materials science direction. Since then, he has become an award-winning chemist and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as the American Physical Society.
An alumnus of the University of South Florida, Dr. Perry earned a PhD in 1984 from the California Institute of Technology, and made many of his breakthroughs in the mid-‘90s. He is the recipient of a 1997 Special Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation, a 1992 Medal for Scientific Achievement from the NASA, and a 1989 Director’s Research Achievement Award from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech, as well as an Outstanding Chemistry Alumnus of the University of South Florida. More recently, Dr. Perry was named a 2016 fellow of the World Technology Summit and a 2015 Fellow of the World Technology Network. He has been a member of the Optical Society since 2006.
Dr. Perry has two children, Christopher, 28, who is training in coding for apps, and Jacquelyn, 26, who campaigns as a marketing professional. After 32 years in academia, he still loves what he does, and leads a research group at Georgia Tech that works on fiber optics. They are researching nonlinear optical properties, such as nonlinear refraction of light, two-photon and multiphoton absorption, and applications of these phenomena for ultrafast optical switching and 3D micro-printing. Dr. Perry is frequently invited as a guest lecturer, and in 2013 traveled to the department of chemistry at L’Ecole Normale Supérieure, in Lyon, France on an invited professorship.
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