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Gary R. Pickrell

Professor
117 Surge Building (0237)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Dr. Gary R. Pickrell

Professor
Rolls Royce Commonwealth Director of Surface Engineering 
Director of Nano-Bio Materials Laboratory 
Associate Director of Center for Photonics Technology, ECE

 

Board Level Experience

  1. Board of Directors - Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (a partnership between Rolls Royce, Airbus, Siemens, NASA, Canon, Alcoa, Howmet, Sandvik, Chromalloy, Kyocera, Newport News Shipbuilding, National Instruments, Mitutoyo, Cummins, RTI Metals, Buehler, Arconic, Aerojet, the State of Virginia, Virginia Tech, UVA, VSU, ODU, and others)
        - Currently serve as voting member of the board of Directors
  2. Board of Directors for a High Tech Sensor Company
       -  Served as a voting member of the Board for over 10 years
  3. Technical Advisor Board Member for large Fortune 500 company
        - Served on Board with Strategic Initiative/Global Technology Development for over 5 years
  4. Board of Managers Member for small-midsize company
        - Served on the Board for a compay being spun off from the larger group of companies
  5. Technical Advisory Board, Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
        - Served on Board for over 10 years
  6. Industrial Advisory Board, Penn State Center for Sintered Materials
        - Served on Board for Industrial Consortium of more than 20 companies focused on Advanced Materials Processing

Industrial Experience

  1. Technical Director, Porvair Advanced Materials, Hendersonville, NC
        - Porous metals, polymer and ceramics development for molten metal filtration, ceramic matrix composites, catalytic applications, high temperature applications, etc.
  2. General Manager, Materials Technologies of Virginia
         - Manage Facilities, Process and Personnel in all aspects of Research/Development/Production scale-up
  3. Manager of Glass Technology, Corning, Inc. Greenville, Ohio
        - Responsible for quality/defects, etc. for a Million pounds per day glass production facility, laboratory and production supervision.
  4. Research and Development Engineer, Owens Illinois, TV Products Division, Perrysburg, Ohio
        - Developed several products for the microelectronics industry with 5 patents issued
  5. Summer Intern, USBM, Avondale, Maryland
        - Performed Research on nitride reclamation and ternary salt equilibrium
  6. Summer Intern, Lawrence Livermore National Labs
        - Wrote User’s Guide to Protocol: a Numerical Simulator for the Dissolution Reactions of Inorganic Solids in Nuclear Waste Glass

Patents Granted

  1. US Patent number 10,724,999 Thermal Spray Diagnostics, TK Blair, M Cybulski, R. Sinatra, G Pickrell, R Batra, MR Gold, issued Jul, 2020
  2. US Patent Number 10,695,783 System Control based on acoustic signals, TK Blair, M Cybulski, G Pickrell, B Zimmermann, R Batra, MR Gold, issued June, 2020
  3. US Patent Number 10,274,364, Analysis of component having engineered internal space for fluid flow, Blair; Taylor (Blacksburg, VA), Pickrell; Gary (Blacksburg, VA), Cybulsky; Michael (Indianapolis, IN), Sinatra; Raymond John (Indianapolis, IN), Batra; Romesh (Blacksburg, VA),  issued April. 2019
  4. US Patent Number 10,241,091 Diagnosis of thermal spray gun ignition, Cybulsky; Michael (Indianapolis, IN), Sinatra; Raymond J. (Indianapolis, IN), McIntyre; Roy Peter (Derby, GB), Blair; Taylor K. (Blacksburg, VA), Pickrell; Gary (Blacksburg, VA), Batra; Romesh (Blacksburg, VA), Hudson; Mark (Chester, GB), issued March 2019
  5. US Patent Number 8983258 Holey Optical Fiber with Random Pattern of Holes and Method for Making Same, Inventors: Gary Pickrell, Dan Kominsky, Roger Stolen, Jeong Kim, Ahmad Safaai-Jazi, and Anbo Wang, issued March 17th, 2015
  6. US Patent Number 8861912 Holey Optical Fiber with Random Pattern of Holes and Method for Making Same, Inventors: Gary Pickrell, Dan Kominsky, Roger Stolen, Jeong Kim, Ahmad Safaai-Jazi, and Anbo Wang, issued October 14th, 2014
  7. US Patent Number 7632440 Porous Ceramic, Metal Porous Ceramic, Polymer and Metal Materials with Pores Created by Biological Fermentation, Inventors: Gary Pickrell, issued December 15th 2009
  8. US Patent Number 7567742 Holey Optical Fiber with Random Pattern of Holes and Method for Making Same, Inventors: Gary Pickrell, Dan Kominsky, Roger Stolen, Jeong Kim, Ahmad Safaai-Jazi, and Anbo Wang, issued July 28th, 2009
  9. US Patent Number 7444838 Holey Optical Fiber with Random Pattern of Holes and Method for Making Same, Inventors: Gary Pickrell, Dan Kominsky, Roger Stolen, Jeong Kim, Ahmad Safaai-Jazi, and Anbo Wang, issued November 4, 2008
  10. US Patent Number 7157115 Porous Ceramic, Metal Porous Ceramic, Polymer and Metal Materials with Pores Created by Biological Fermentation, Inventors: Gary Pickrell, issued January 2nd, 2007
  11. US Patent Number 6928202 Method and Apparatus for Packaging Optical Fiber Sensors for Harsh Environments, Inventors: Gary Pickrell, Yuhong Duan and Anbo Wang, issued August 9th, 2005
  12. US Patent Number 6773825 Porous Articles and Method for Manufacturing Thereof, Inventors: Gary R. Pickrell Kenneth R. Butcher, and Chi-Li Lin, issued August 10, 2004
  13. US Patent Number 6592787 Improved Porous Articles and Method for Manufacturing Thereof, Inventors: Gary R. Pickrell Kenneth R. Butcher, and Chi-Li Lin, issued July 15, 2003
  14. US Patent Number 6235665 Porous Ceramic Articles, Inventors: Gary R. Pickrell and Kenneth R. Butcher, issued May 22, 2001
  15. US Patent Number 6210612 Method of Manufacture of Porous Ceramic Articles, Inventors: Gary R. Pickrell and Kenneth R. Butcher, issued April 3, 2001
  16. US Patent Number 5656541 Low Temperature P2O5 Oxide Diffusion Source, Inventors: James E. Rapp and Gary R. Pickrell, issued August 12, 1997
  17. US Patent Number 5629234 High Temperature Phosphorous Oxide Diffusion Source, Inventors: Gary R. Pickrell and James E. Rapp, issued May 13, 1997
  18. US Patent Number 5350460 High Temperature Phosphorous Oxide Diffusion Source, Inventors: Gary R. Pickrell and James E. Rapp, issued September 27, 1994
  19. US Patent Number 5350461 Low Temperature Oxide Solid Diffusion Source, Inventors: Gary R. Pickrell and James E. Rapp, issued September 27, 1994
  20. US Patent Number 4846902 Solid Diffusion Source of GD Oxide /P2O5 Compound and Method of Making Doped Silicon Wafer, Inventor: Gary R. Pickrell, issued July 11, 1989
     

Research Interests

  • Fiber Optics and Fiber Optic Sensors
  • Plasma Spray Process
  • Specialty Optical Fiber Fabrication
  • Ceramic Processing and Property Characterization
  • Advanced Experimental Design/Advanced Process Control
  • Porous Materials Fabrication
  • Phase Equilibria
  • Luminescence

Education

Achievements

  • Chair/Co-chair of more than 30 international conferences
  • Organizing committee for more than 50 international conferences
  • Publications: Over 250 publications including mroe than 20 books, 15 book chapters, 20 patents, 100 journal and 100 conference papers. See full listing here.
  • PI on ~$10 million in externally funded research and co-PI and over $20 million

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, SPIE
  • Senior Member, IEEE
  • Faculty Fellow 2007-2010
  • Virginia Tech Outstanding Assistant Professor, 2005
  • R&D 100 Award, October 2004

Courses

  • Physical Ceramics
  • Advanced Physical Ceramics
  • Phase Equilibria and Crystal Chemistry
  • Introduction to Materials
  • Photonic Materials
  • Design of Experiments
  • Glass & Refractories
  • Elements of Materials Engineering
  • Advanced Design of Experiments