Barker and Luisi honored for contributions to scientific glass

Barker and Luisi honored for contributions to scientific glass

Salem Community College honored Joe Barker and Joe Luisi as pioneers in scientific glass technology at the recent International Flameworking Conference.

“Joe Barker and Joe Luisi embody the dynamic growth of the scientific glass field,” said Paul J. Stankard, conference chair, when presenting the awards. “When they began their careers, only basic apparatus was needed. As chemistry and physics developed, more complex systems were required. Both of these gentlemen became pioneers in filling those needs and fabricating extremely complex apparatus.”

Barker was the longtime and highly respected owner of Greatglas, Inc. in Wilmington. Today, he serves as a mentor to SCC scientific glass technology students at the Samuel H. Jones Glass Education Center near Alloway.

Luisi was the scientific glass program’s first instructor in 1959-1960 while on loan from Ace Glass. He returned in 1979 and served as instructional chair until retiring in 2000. During Luisi’s distinguished tenure, he produced very talented students who are now major influences in the worlds of scientific and artistic glass.

CAPTION: Joe Barker (left) and Joe Luisi were recently honored as pioneers in scientific glass technology by Salem Community College.