Dennis Briening earned an associate degree in scientific glass technology from Salem Community College in 1977. Upon graduation, he joined Xerox Electro Optical Systems in Pasadena Calif., where he assisted in the development of the first laser printers. He graduated magna cum laude from Glassboro State College, now Rowan University, with a bachelor’s degree in sculpture in 1993.
Dennis served as glass technologist at the Hercules Research Center in Wilmington, Del., for 26 years, retiring in 2008. He participated in the research and development of many exciting and challenging glass projects.
At Salem Community College, Dennis taught as an adjunct instructor for nearly 30 years, managed the College’s Glass Center and coordinated the noncredit glass program. In September, he was named SCC’s Instructional Chair for Scientific Glass Technology. In 2006, he was honored at the International Flameworking Conference for his extraordinary contributions to the regional glass art community and, in particular, the College’s glass programs.
Dennis and his brother David currently collaborate on paperweights and sculptural glass books. Dennis has taught at the Corning Museum of Glass, Urban Glass and Rowan University. Active in the American Scientific Glassblowers Society, he chaired the education and internship committee, and was section director for seven years.