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Dr. Steven Jung, an adjunct professor at S&T who developed a specialty glass used to speed healing of open wounds, has been named a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
Jung is among 38 academic inventors elected to the new class of senior members, who are faculty, engineers and scientists from NAI member institutions who demonstrate innovation in producing technologies for society’s welfare.
Jung holds bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in ceramic engineering from Missouri S&T. He is now chief technology officer at Mo-Sci Corp., a Rolla specialty glass manufacturer, and serves S&T as an adjunct professor of materials science and engineering and an adjunct member of the Center for Biomedical Research.
At S&T, Jung has developed and taught a course on biomaterials and has lectured in tissue engineering courses and introductory ceramic engineering courses. He mentors S&T students on senior design projects and has hosted students as interns at Mo-Sci.
Jung holds 26 patents. His research as a student at S&T, under the direction of Curators’ Professor Emeritus Delbert E. Day, resulted in the Mirragen Advanced Wound Matrix, a glass-based, customizable wound care product that has been commercially available since 2017. The research also resulted in a similar product used in veterinary medicine.
Jung’s work with glass compositions showcases the types of research that complement the University of Missouri System’s NextGen Precision Health Initiative. NextGen is expected to accelerate medical breakthroughs and improve lives by harnessing the research being done at the system’s four universities and training a new generation of health scientists and practitioners.
Last fall, Missouri S&T’s Miner Alumni Association honored Jung with the Alumni Achievement Award for his accomplishments.
A full list of NAI Senior Members is available on the NAI website.