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May 14th, 2009

Board of Directors Biographies

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


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Mrityunjay (Jay) Singh, President 2015-2016

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.

 William E. Lee


William E. Lee, President-elect 2015-2016

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.


Kathleen Richardson, Past President 2015-2016

Kathleen Richardson is professor of optics and materials science and engineering, Townes Laser Institute, CREOL, College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida. She received her B.S in ceramic engineering, M.S. in glass science and PhD in ceramics/glass science and engineering, from Alfred University.


An ACerS Fellow, Richardson is a former member of the ACerS Board of Directors, past chair and member of the Glass and Optical Materials Division and past president and member of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers.


Daniel W. Lease, Treasurer 2014-2016

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 2015-2016
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.


Michael L. Alexander, Director 2014-2017

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.


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).


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 vice 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-elect of the International Commission on Glass


John W. Halloran, Director 2013-2016
John Halloran is professor, materials science and engineering, University of Michigan. He earned his B.S in ceramic engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and PhD, materials science (ceramics) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Halloran is an ACerS Fellow, is a member of the Basic Science Division and an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.

Martin Harmer 

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 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



Edgar Lara-Curzio, Director 2013-2016
Edgar Lara-Curzio is a distinguished research staff member and leader of the mechanical properties & mechanics group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He is also the director of the High Temperature Materials Laboratory at ORNL. He received a B.Sc. degree in engineering physics from the Metropolitan University in Mexico City and a Ph.D. in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 


An ACerS Fellow, Lara-Curzio is past chair and member of the Engineering Ceramics Division and is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.


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. 


Tatsuki Ohji, Director 2013-2016

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, 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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