Workshop: Welcome to the Glass Age.
Synopsis: Glass is one of the most transformative materials of all time. From spectacles to telescopes to fiber optics, glass has been responsible for numerous technological and cultural revolutions.
Yet despite glass’s storied history, Corning believes some of the greatest glass innovations are still ahead. The ubiquity of glass in our day-to-day lives, the accelerating pace of glass innovation, and the increasingly vital role that glass plays in a broad range of industries have led Corning to declare that we are living in The Glass Age.
Jeff Evenson will discuss the aesthetic and technical properties that make glass such a remarkable material and explain how today’s deep understanding of glass physics and chemistry is unleashing new capabilities faster than ever. He will describe how highly engineered glass compositions and optical technologies are enabling seamless delivery of real-time information and interactive displays with life-like images, intuitive interfaces, and exciting new form factors. Jeff will share his thoughts on the implications of glass innovations for advertising in diverse environments from retail windows to digital fitting rooms to head-up displays in next-generation cars. And he will invite the audience to consider how glass can address their challenges and enhance their lives – because the Glass Age isn’t just a technological movement, it’s a human one.
Jeff Evenson joined Corning in 2011 and was named chief strategy officer in 2015. In this role, Evenson oversees corporate strategy, corporate communications, and advanced analytics.
Prior to his current position, Evenson served as senior vice president and operations chief of staff, and was responsible for leading the process to create Corning’s annual operating priorities and overseeing a variety of strategic programs and growth initiatives across the company’s diverse businesses. Previously, he spent seven years at Sanford C. Bernstein as a senior vice president and senior analyst focused on data networking companies. Earlier in his career, Evenson was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he led technology and market assessments for early-stage technologies.
Evenson has a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is Chairman of the Corning Museum of Glass, a trustee of the Corning Foundation, and a member of the board of directors for View, Inc.