AGC Glass North America has announced that Kent Thrift, a coating engineer with the company, has been awarded the 2019 Jim Colbridge Memorial Technical Scholarship. Sponsored by the Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC) Foundation, the scholarship is intended to further the education of those currently working in the field of vacuum coating technology. It provides a financial award to be used toward tuition, books, fees, and travel to industry conferences. Recipients are chosen based on relevance of field of work in vacuum coating, level of experience, and personal qualities such as motivation and social values.
“We are extremely proud of Thrift and his capabilities as a coating engineer at AGC,” said Mark Twente, director of marketing for AGC Glass North America. “He is more than deserving of this scholarship, and we are excited to support him in furthering his education, his abilities, and ultimately his career with AGC.”
“I’m very excited for this opportunity, and grateful to AGC for providing a work environment that fosters growth and advancement,” said Thrift. “I look forward to bringing back new ideas to further AGC’s commitment to new technologies, as well as its research and development practices.”
Since its inception in 2002, the SVC Foundation has awarded more than 50 scholarships and travel awards totaling more than $180,000 to recipients from 18 countries. AGC Glass offers a wide range of flat glass for architectural, interior, and residential applications. AGC Glass North America is part of the AGC Group, employing more than 50,000 worldwide in approximately 30 countries. As a global company, AGC leverages its many resources to develop innovative new products and to offer high-quality service. AGC glass products are available through an extensive network of glass fabricators and window manufacturers in the United States and Canada.