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May 14th, 2009

Board of Directors Biographies

Published on May 14th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org




William E. Lee, President 2016-2017

Bill Lee is Professor of Ceramic Engineering, Director of Centre for Nuclear Engineering, Imperial College London, United Kingdom.  He received his BSc in physical metallurgy from University of Aston and a DPhil from Oxford University on radiation damage in sapphire.


An ACerS Fellow, Lee is a former member of the ACerS Board of Directors, a member of the Basic Science Division and is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.


Michael L. Alexander, President-elect 2016-2017

Michael Alexander is Vice President of Research, Riverside Refratories, Inc., Pell City, Alabama, USA. He earned a B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University.


An ACerS Fellow, Alexander is a member of and past chair of the Refractory Ceramics Division. He currently services on the international executive board for UNITECR (Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories).


Mrityunjay (Jay) Singh, Past President 2016-2017

Mrityunjay Singh is chief scientist, Ohio Aerospace Institute, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He received his M.S. in physical chemistry from Gorakhpur University and Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi, India. He did his postdoctoral work at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.


An ACerS Fellow, Singh is a former member of ACerS Board of Directors, trustee and past chair of the Engineering Ceramics Division. He is recipient of numerous ACerS awards including the John Jeppson Medal, President’s Award, and the Richard M. Fulrath Award.


Daniel W. Lease, Treasurer 2014-2018

Daniel Lease is Chief Financial Officer at WT Holdings, LLC, Fremont, Ohio, USA. He has a B.S. in Accounting from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA in Management from The Ohio State University.


Lease is a board member of The Refractories Institute where he previously served as chair and treasurer.

 David Johnson

David W. Johnson Jr., Parliamentarian 2016-2017

David Johnson is retired from Agere Systems where he served as director of the applied materials research department. He is currently an Adjunct Professor and Senior Adviser at Stevens Institute of Technology and an editor of the Journal of The American Ceramic Society. He earned a B.S. in ceramic technology and a Ph.D. in ceramic science from the Pennsylvania State University.


Johnson is an ACerS Fellow, a past chair and member of the Electronics Division, a member of the Basic Science and Glass & Optical Materials divisions and the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers. Johnson served as president of ACerS in 1994-95 and is the recipient of numerous ACerS awards, including Distinguished Life Membership.


Charlie Spahr, Executive Director

Appointed in October 2010, Charles Spahr serves as the tenth executive director of The American Ceramic Society since its formation in 1898. Prior to his appointment, Spahr served as the president of ACerS’ ceramic arts publishing unit (Ceramic Publications Company), a branch of the Society that he took over in 2005 when he first joined the ACerS staff. Before coming to ACerS, Spahr spent most of his career with Reed Elsevier, a publishing entity well known to the science and business community.


Geoff Brennecka, Director 2014-2017

Geoff Brennecka is Assistant Professor at the Metallurgy and Materials Engineering Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics of the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, USA. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Brennecka is a member and current chair of the Electronics Division and is a past president of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE). 

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Manoj K. Choudhary, Director 2015-2018

Manof Choudhary is a senior technical staff member at Owens-Corning Science and Technology Center, Granville, Ohio, USA.  He earned a Sc.D., Materials Science & Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S., Chemical Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo and B. Tech. (Honors), Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.


A Fellow of ACerS, Choudhary is past chair and member of the Glass and Optical Materials Division, an associate editor of the International Journal of Applied Glass Science and is president of the International Commission on Glass.


Doreen Edwards, Director 2016-2019

Doreen Edwards is dean of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology. She earned a B.S in chemistry from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology,  and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.  


An ACerS Fellow, Edwards is a member of the Basic Science Division.


Dana G. Goski, Director 2016-2019

Dana Goski is Director of Research at Allied Mineral Products, Inc., a global monolithic refractory producer headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, USA.   Goski earned her MSc and Ph.D. at TUNS (now Dalhousie University) in Canada.


An ACerS Fellow, she is a member of the Refractory Ceramics and the Art, Archaeology and Conservation Science Divisions.



Martin P. Harmer, Director 2015-2018

Martin Harmer is the Alcoa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Senior Faculty Advisor for Research Initiatives for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. Harmer earned his B.S. and Ph.D. in Ceramic Science from Leeds University and a D.Sc. in Ceramics, also from Leeds.


Harmer is an ACerS Fellow and recipient of the ACerS Kingery, Sosman, Fulrath, Purdy and Snow Awards and Distinguished Life Member.  He is a past chair and member of the Basic Science Division.


Hua-Tay (HT) Lin, Director 2014-2017

Hua-Tay Lin is a professor in the School of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering at the Guangdong University of Technology in Guangzhou, P. R. China. He earned a B.S. in Physics from National Central University, Taiwan, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA.


Lin is an ACerS Fellow and a member and past Chair of the Engineering Ceramics Division. 


Lynnette D. Madsen, Director 2016-2019

Lynnette Madsen is Program Director of Ceramics at the National Science Foundation. located in Arlington, Virginia, USA.  She earned B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Psychology both from the University of Waterloo, an M.Eng. in Electronics from Carleton University, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from McMaster University.


Madsen is an ACerS Fellow, and is a member of the Art, Archaeology and Conservation Science, Basic Science and the Manufacturing Divisions.


Tatsuki Ohji, Director 2013-2017

Tatsuki Ohji is prime senior research scientist, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan and designated professor in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Meijo University, Japan. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, M.S. in mechanical engineering and PhD in inorganic materials engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.


An ACerS Fellow and recipient of the John Jeppson Award, Ohji is a past chair and member of the Engineering Ceramics Division and holds membership in the Basic Science and Nuclear and Environmental Technology Divisions. 

Greg Rohrer   

Gregory S. Rohrer, Director 2015-2018

Gregory Rohrer is W.W. Mullins Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and the Head of the Materials Science and Engineering Department, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.


An ACerS Fellow, Rohrer is the recipient of the Roland B. Snow Award, the Ross Coffin Purdy Award, the Richard M. Fulrath Award, the Robert B. Sosman Award, and the W. David Kingery Award. He is a past chair and member of the Basic Science Division.

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