Doug Nixon, a 1981 graduate of the scientific glass technology program, works at the University of Delaware as glass technologist in the department of chemistry and biochemistry.
Employers were trying to grab up most of the students as quickly as possible. After graduating, I was employed and further trained in scientific glassblowing by Westinghouse Research Center, Kontes-Martin Inc, and H.S. Martin Inc. I was later hired by Litton Engineering Laboratories to program their computerized glassblowing equipment.
In 1988, I returned to “hands-on” glassblowing, and have been employed as the glass technologist for the University of Delaware ever since.
The most recent career achievement would probably be to help justify the expense (and more importantly the space allocation) for a new UD chemistry and biochemistry glassblowing shop. I was able to assist in designing a more user-friendly shop with better work flow.
SCC gave me the essential skills necessary to pursue, and be successful in, scientific glassblowing.
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