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MVCC alumnus, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee Marshall Jones to visit campus

MVCC alumnus and National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee Marshall Jones ’62 will be on the Utica Campus Monday, April 1, participating in a live chat with MVCC President Randall J. VanWagoner that is open to the media from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Michael I. Schafer Theater in the IT Building.

Jones, who earned his associate degree in Mechanical Technology from MVCC in 1962 (back when it was Mohawk Valley Technical Institute), is now a General Electric engineer who holds more than 50 U.S. patents and is recognized as one of the foremost authorities in the field of laser material processing. In 2017, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his pioneering work on industrial lasers, joining the ranks of innovation giants such as Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, and the Wright Brothers.

Jones’ work revolutionized the method of making lead wires, which is used in GE’s production of ceramic metal halide lamps, diesel engine head-liner assemblies, control rods for nuclear reactors, and flat emitters for x-ray tubes. Manufacturers including Ford and Lockheed Martin have used products and hardware that resulted from GE’s laser-based processes.

After completing his degree at MVCC, Jones earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a master’s and a doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts.

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