Jane Cook is the Chief Scientist at the Corning Museum of Glass, and loves to work closely with artists, to teach and learn how scientific and engineering fundamentals can inform and be informed by art and craft methods and materials. A materials scientist and engineer with 20+ years expertise in glass, ceramics, and metallurgy, Jane holds a B.S. in Materials Engineering from New Mexico Tech, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, with a dissertation on fundamental aspects of the float glass process. She worked in research and development for Corning Incorporated for 16 years, is an inventor on over two dozen patent applications, and received Corning's prestigious Stookey Award for outstanding exploratory research. As the chief scientist at The Corning Museum of Glass, Jane is the museum's principle resource on the science and technology of glass, to the public and the glass art community. She is the technical advisor to the Specialty Glass Artist-in-Residence program, and works with the museum's staff on incorporating scientific content in exhibits and educational programs. Jane lectures widely on "Glass Science for Glass Artists" at universities, colleges, and art schools.
Jane is also a 2D artist, working digitally, acrylics, and collage. Someday she'll figure out a way to work in glass. Really.