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ACerS Awards



The 2015 Society Award winners have been announced and you can view the bios and photos on these pages. All winners will receive their awards at the ACerS Honors and Awards Banquet on October 5, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Congratulations to the outstanding group of winners!  



Award nomination deadlines for the 2016 awards is January 15, 2016.



Note that the deadline for the 2016 Class of Fellows was August 21, 2015. Late nominations are not accepted.  


Division, Section, and Class members should check below or with their respective groups to determine award nomination deadlines since a few of them are still open.

John Jeppson Award

The Jeppson Award recognizes distinguished scientific, technical, or engineering achievements in ceramics.

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John Jeppson Award Winners 2015

W. David Kingery Award

The W. David Kingery Award recognizes distinguished lifelong achievements involving multidisciplinary and global contributions to ceramic technology, science, education and art. The award is open to all people worldwide. There are no limitations regarding nationality, gender or religion and membership in ACerS is not a requirement. A nominee must be living, but in the event of death subsequent to selection but prior to presentation, the award shall be made posthumously.

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W. David Kingery Award Winners 2015

Edward Orton, Jr. Memorial Lecture

The Edward Orton, Jr. Memorial Lecture is presented by the invited lecturer at the annual meeting/MS&T. The lecturer is to be noted for scholarly attainments in ceramics or related field. The Committee on the Orton Memorial Lecture shall select the Orton Lecturer.

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Edward Orton, Jr. Memorial Lecture Winners 2015

Ross Coffin Purdy Award

Ross Coffin Purdy, in whose honor this award is given, served The American Ceramic Society for 24 years as General Secretary and Editor of its publications. He was the recipient of many awards, a Fellow and Honorary Life Member, and President of the Society. Mr. Purdy was noted for his dynamic leadership, individualism, broad vision, and unswerving devotion to the Society and to the ceramic engineering profession.


The Purdy award shall be given to the author or authors who, in the judgment of the committee, made the most valuable contribution to ceramic technical literature published two years prior to the selection year. The 2016 Purdy award will be given to the author(s) of a paper published in 2014.


2015 Award Winners
“Microstructural Evolution During Vacuum Sintering of Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Transparent Ceramics: Toward the Origin of Residual Porosity Affecting the Transparency”
Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 96 [6] 1724–1731 (2013)
by Rémy Boulesteix, Alexandre Maître, Lucie Chrétien, Yoël Rabinovitch and Christian Sallé

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Ross Coffin Purdy Award Winners 2015

Frontiers of Science and Society – Rustum Roy Lecture

This annual lecture of The American Ceramic Society honors the late Professor Rustum Roy of The Pennsylvania State University and recognizes his contributions to science and technology and their interrelationship to society-at-large. The lecture is given each year by an internationally or nationally recognized individual in the area of science, industry or government.

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Frontiers of Science and Society – Rustum Roy Lecture Winners 2015

Karl Schwartzwalder-Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering (PACE) Award

The Karl Schwartzwalder – Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering (PACE) Award is presented by The American Ceramic Society’s National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (ACerS/NICE). It honors this past president and Distinguished Life Member of ACerS. A nominee must be between 21 and 40 years of age; not becoming 41 during the award year, and must be a member of NICE and ACerS.

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Karl Schwartzwalder-Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering (PACE) Award Winners 2015

Richard and Patricia Spriggs Phase Equilibria Award

The Spriggs Phase Equilibria Award shall be given to the author or authors who, in the judgment of the award committee, made the most valuable contribution to phase stability relationships in ceramic-based systems literature during the calendar year prior to the selection. For the purposes of this award, a phase equilibria article is defined as a paper, article, or report published in a technical or trade journal, or in a bulletin from a school, laboratory, technical bureau, or experimental station, or in a pamphlet or book form. It must be complete and readily available to the public.

2015 Award Winners
N. Zhang; H. Yokota; A.M. Glazer; Z. Ren; D.A. Keen; D.S. Keeble; P.A. Thomas; Z.-G. Ye
The missing boundary in the phase diagram of PbZr1-xTi xO3
NATURE COMMUNICATIONS 5, October 24, 2014, Article number 5231

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Richard and Patricia Spriggs Phase Equilibria Award Winners 2015

Darshana and Arun Varshneya Frontiers of Glass Lectures

The Frontiers of Glass Science and the Frontiers of Glass Technology lectures are designed to encourage scientific and technical dialog in glass topics of significance that define new horizons, highlight new research concepts, or demonstrate the potential to develop products and processes for the benefit of humankind. While the Frontiers of Glass Science lecture focuses on advances in the basic science of glass, the Frontiers of Glass Technology lecture concentrates on new breakthroughs in glass technology or new glass products or applications. The lectures are presented at the Glass and Optical Materials Division meeting. The Varshneya awards committee will select the lecturers. The choice of lecturers may be from within or outside of the Society. The award consists of a travel stipend of up to $2,500, a commemorative glass piece and a framed certificate

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Darshana and Arun Varshneya Frontiers of Glass Lectures Winners 2015

Samuel Geijsbeek PACRIM International Award

The Geijsbeek PACRIM award recognizes individuals who are members of the Pacific Rim Conference (PACRIM) societies, for their contributions in the field of ceramics and glass technology that have resulted in significant industrial and/or academic impact, international advocacy, and visibility of the field. Industrial candidates will be evaluated based on the technology development and commercialization, and the development’s current usefulness and importance, its uniqueness, and its economic significance.

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Samuel Geijsbeek PACRIM International Award Winners 2015

Global Ambassador Program

The Global Ambassador Program recognizes dedicated ACerS volunteers worldwide who demonstrate exceptional leadership and/or service that benefits the Society, its members, and the global ceramics and glass community.

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Global Ambassador Program Winners 2015

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