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    IIT Expert is featured in NBC Channel 5 News Investigation Report

    Prof. Sheldon Mostovoy Photo

    Emeritus Associate Professor, Sheldon Mostovoy, of Materials Engineering in the MMAE Department and an expert in glass, was interviewed by a NBC Channel 5 News Investigative reporter on April 26, 2013. The Channel 5 News reported on a daring escape at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center that left a lot of unanswered questions about how the two convicts could escape. One question asked to Professor Mostovoy was how inmates could use a clothes iron to weaken and break glass in a cell window. Professor Mostovoy explained that the sharp edge of an iron can break glass, and if one side of the window is hot, and the other side cold, heating the window up to a high temperature and then cooling it quickly could give tremendous thermal strains to that window.