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Our materials science expertise and collaborative culture
enable us to create new technologies for the future.

At Corning, our growth is fueled by a commitment to innovation. We succeed through sustained investment in research & development, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. We are a four-time National Medal of Technology winner thanks to our technology leadership and R&D environment, which attract and enable the best scientific minds in the world. This pipeline of talent has brought life-changing innovation to your fingertips for more than 160 years.

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History of Innovation

Discovery has always been a part of what we do at Corning.

"Corning's products have made indispensable but largely invisible contributions to many of the most potent emerging markets in U.S. history - lighting, radio, television, radar, and telecommunications."

-Margaret B.W. Graham and Alec T. Shuldiner, Corning and the Craft of Innovation, Oxford University Press

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Life-Changing Innovations

What does it take to transform the world?

Corning’s success stems from our founders’ deep belief in the scientific approach to glassmaking. Their philosophy: let other companies stamp out drinking glasses, bottles, and plate glass windows. Our people would focus on more vexing problems like creating the heat-resistant glass sleeve for Thomas Edison’s light bulb and developing a reliable railroad signal that could reduce fatalities. We wanted to make the glass innovations that could change the world.

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Gordon S. Fulcher Sabbatical program

Sabbatical program aims to build glass researcher pool

Concerned about the scarcity of industrially relevant glass research in academia, Corning is working to strengthen the future of the U.S. glass industry.

We took a major step toward that goal by establishing the Gordon S. Fulcher Sabbatical program, which is one of the first U.S. programs specifically focused on glass research.  Starting in September 2015, two professors from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute took six-month sabbaticals at our Sullivan Park Research and Development facility in Erwin, N.Y. This is the first time Corning has designed a sabbatical program and invited applicants from the academic community.

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Corning Glass Scientists Honored by International Commission on Glass

Corporate Fellow Dr. Nicholas Borrelli and Senior Glass Development Scientist Qiang Fu Awarded at International Congress on Glass 2016

Nick Borrelli is the first Corning recipient to be honored with the ICG President’s Award and Qiang Fu is the fourth Corning employee to receive the ICG’s Woldemar A. Weyl International Glass Science Award.

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