Dr. Russell Giordano II (Restorative Sciences & Biomaterials, MSE) has been appointed Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at the Boston University College of Engineering. He has been serving there as a participating faculty member since 2008 and this formal appointment to the faculty is testament to his outstanding research, commitment, and leadership. He has served on the Steering Committee for the College of Engineering Division of Materials Science and Engineering since its inception in 2008 and recently presented research conducted at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) at the 2012 Annual Steering Committee Meeting, which is composed of distinguished members from industry and academics throughout the United States.
In addition to this honor, Dr. Giordano’s patented new hybrid ceramic dental material has recently been introduced to the market by the German porcelain manufacturer VITA Zahnfabrik. The product takes the best properties of a conventional composite resin and a conventional ceramic. It has improved resistance to fracture and better machining properties than existing chair side CAD/CAM materials. The goal is to use the new ceramic in crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, and on top of implants. It is designed to be used with the CEREC CAD/CAM system now in wide use at GSDM. In the future, Dr. Giordano expects to be able to make fixed prostheses chairside in one visit.
Dr. Giordano received a B.S. in Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude, from Boston College in 1982, a DMD, Cum Laude, from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1987, a DMedSc in Biomaterials/Oral Biology from Harvard School of Dental Medicine with his research conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1991, and a Certificate in Prosthodontics from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1991. He was a Research Fellow in Prosthetic Dentistry at Harvard School of Dental Medicine from 1987 to 1991 and a Research Fellow at the Ceramics Processing Research Laboratory at MIT from 1989 to 1991.
Dr. Giordano has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences and Biomaterials at GSDM since 2001 and Director of Biomaterials since 2002. He previously served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences and Biomaterials at GSDM from 1992 to 2000. Prior to joining GSDM he was a Visiting Scientist at MIT from 1993 to 1999. Prior to that, from 1992 to 1993 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor and in 1993 an Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. From 1991 to 1992 he was both an Instructor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and a Research Associate at MIT.
Dr. Giordano has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including: Elected Fellow of the Academy of Dental Materials; IADR/AADR Arthur R. Frechette Novice Award in Prosthodontics; National Institute for Dental Research Individual National Research Service Award; Roy O. Greep Award for Excellence in Basic Sciences; Academy of Dental Materials Student Award; American Association of Dental Radiology Student Award, Harvard School of Dental Medicine; Sigma XI, Scientific Research Society; General Excellence Medal Scholar of the College, Boston College; Phi Beta Kappa; and Alpha Sigma Nu.
Dr. Giordano serves on a wide variety of committees within GSDM as well as being a member of several professional organizations including: Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society of North America; American Chemical Society; International Association for Dental Research; American Association for Dental Research; American Dental Association; Academy of Dental Materials; American Ceramics Society; the Editorial Board of the Journal of Dental Technology and Spectrum; the Editorial Board of the Journal of Dentistry; the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biomedical Materials; ISO TC 106 CAD/CAM Standards Representative; U.S. Expert on Ceramics to ISO TC 106; ADA Chairman Working Group 9.65 Zirconia Standards; Chair ADA Working Group 2.2 Ceramic Materials; and Vice-Chair ADA 2.0 Restorative and Prosthodontic Materials.
Dr. Giordano’s major research interests include: Ceramic Matrix Composites; CAD/CAM; Solid Free Form Fabrication; Bioceramics; Tissue Matrix Devices; and Composite Resins. He has extensive research support, has published widely, and holds several patents.