George J. Ferko V, a 2006 graduate of Palmerton Area High School, attained the dean's list with a GPA of 3.82 for the 2009 fall semester at Lehigh University.

He accepted a Ph.D. graduate position with Lehigh University to continue his studies in material science and engineering. His adviser for his Ph.D work will be Professor Martin P. Harmer.

As one of the students, he will be conducing research on the study of "Complexions," a new concept being applied to interfacial kinetics on the atomic scale. His previous research has involved the study of complexions in the titania (Ti02) and magnesium aluminate spinel (MgA1204) ceramic systems. The topic of his Ph.D thesis will likely be a continuance of this work.

Ferko recently placed third in the undergraduate studies category of the annual American Ceramic Society (ACerS) Ceramographic Competition.