Meet the Board Candidates
2010 PRESIDENT-ELECT CANDIDATE
George G. Wicks
Savannah River National Laboratory
Aiken, South Carolina USA
As a member of ACerS for more than three decades, I’m excited to see the increasing importance of ceramics in our society today, in both traditional uses as well as in new and innovative systems. Ceramics are contributing significantly on a daily basis to improving our quality of life in many critical areas, including energy, medicine, communications, transportation and many other uses.
Over the years, I have had the good fortune of working in ACerS in various roles, including Chair of NET, President of NICE, and on many committees including the ACerS Board of Directors. I support ACerS as a national and international leader in promoting our discipline and the general field of materials science, and especially our emphases in areas of new and emerging technologies, strategic alliances, our internet strategy, ACerS responsible financial foundation and our many activities of encouraging young scientists and engineers in entering the material discipline and the ‘wonderful world of ceramics’. As an example of one of these areas, earlier this year I helped co-organize a new type of inter-society conference on ‘Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy’, lead by ACerS, and co-organized with ASM, Int’l and SPE.
I am very appreciative of ACerS and our many colleagues for being an important element of my personal and career development, and I would be honored to continue to serve our Society in both the national and global arena by advancing the science and engineering of ceramics, along with the broader field of materials science.
David J. Green
Professor of Ceramic Science and Engineering,
Department of Materials Science and Engineering,
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania USA
The American Ceramic Society has provided me with the framework for my career and, in return, it would be an honor to help direct its future. As a Society member for almost 40 years, I formed a personal and professional network that has been invaluable. I would like to see this opportunity extended to our present and future members. As many aspects of life become more impersonal, it will be a challenge to attract new members and give them the chance to grow in a friendly atmosphere and yet, to interact with leaders in our field. There is a need to develop a new image for ACerS that excites our members about the myriad properties of inorganic compounds and the opportunities that are available in our field. Our membership roots were traditionally based in ceramic science and engineering programs at universities but as materials science programs have subsumed these programs, it is clear a new paradigm is needed. At the same time, there are now many opportunities for ACerS to grow at a global level. Just look through the Journal of the American Ceramic Society to see its reach to international countries; the opportunities are immense. I have been very pleased to manage the Journal as it moved on-line and I strive to ensure it remains the top journal in our field. Overall, I have seen most facets of the Society and think this experience will be invaluable as a Board Member and help me identify new directions for growth and success.
Allan P. Katz
Senior Program Manager, Ceramics Branch
Materials and Manufacturing Directorate
Air Force Research Laboratory
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio USA
I have been a member of the American Ceramic Society since 1982. I was pleasantly surprised and honored when nominated by the Society to stand for election to the Board of Directors. I have been a regular participant in many Society-sponsored conferences over the years, including service on conference advisory boards, as session organizer and chair, and invited speaker. I have always found the Society to be a valuable source of information through its publications and forums, with opportunities to network within the ceramics community that cannot be found elsewhere.
When considering the nomination to stand for election, it was important to know the role of the Board of Directors. I learned that the Board has overall responsibility to formulate policy, approve the budget, make appointments to leadership positions, confer awards, and set the Society’s strategic direction. Those are vitally important and challenging tasks! Thinking about my experience in this regard, I recently completed a six-year term as member of my home religious organization’s board. We dealt regularly with budget, fund raising, membership dues, efforts to increase membership, communications, programming, and strategic initiatives. These are much the same key issues facing our Society today.
I believe that my prior board service, coupled with my professional experience and long time personal involvement in our ceramics community, will serve me in good stead to contribute positively to the Society’s future. If elected to the Board of Directors, I will do my best to meet that objective.
William E. Lee
Professor of Ceramic Engineering
Head of Department of Materials
Imperial College London, UK
If elected to serve on the Board of Directors I will bring to the role:
A broad ceramics background covering structural (ultra high temperature, refractories, whitewares and glass ceramics) and functional ceramics as well as thin films, nanotechnology, theory and simulation appropriate to ceramics. The key areas for mankind and the planet over the next 50 years are in climate change, energy, the environment and ageing and health. Ceramics will be at the forefront of all of these and the Society needs to place itself to take advantage of future developments in e.g. carbon capture, nuclear fuels, wastes and non proliferation, water desalination and filtration, solar power, solid oxide fuel cells, tissue engineering and biomaterials.
A strong global perspective (as well as an understanding of the role of the Society in the USA from my six years in Ohio). I have spent the last 5 years as Head of Materials, Imperial College London; an institution with a high world profile with ~50% of its students from outside the UK. I have encouraged an international outlook in the Department which has collaborations with universities worldwide including INSA Lyon in France, TU Delft in Holland, ETH Zurich in Switzerland, KAUST in Saudi Arabia, MS&T Rolla, Lehigh, Urbana-Champaign, Case Western in the USA. I believe the Society’s future is in developing its already high international profile.
Experience of the workings of Government at the highest level, from being Deputy Chair of the UK Government Advisory Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM).
Robert W. Schwartz
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rolla, Missouri USA
I am honored to be a candidate for the Board of Directors. I have been an active member of the Society for 25 years and have served as a volunteer and officer of the Electronics Division for about 10 years. I have also served on the National Board of Keramos for 10 years.
I am encouraged to see the recent progress the Society has made. We have developed significant (and successful) efforts directed toward our young professionals and student members, who represent the future of our organization. In reviewing our strategic plan, I am convinced that our strategic goals will serve the Society well. They are goals that I firmly believe in and include: continue to be the knowledge leader in ceramics (through our publications and cutting-edge programming), facilitate the professional development of our members, and provide a welcoming professional culture that will continue to grow and engage diverse individuals and constituencies.
I believe additional efforts are needed to improve both the health and impact of the Society. My employment background in industry, the national laboratory complex and academia, together with my work history in both technical and administrative areas, give me a broad perspective that will be beneficial to the Society as it strives to achieve its strategic goals. I would be a dedicated volunteer in this capacity and I am prepared to assist the Society as it identifies the best opportunities for its future and determines how to best serve its members and constituents. I appreciate your consideration of my nomination.
Jitendra (J.P.) Singh
Director, Materials Science
US Army International Technology Center-Pacific
I I have been a member of the American Ceramic Society for over 30 years. I have served and contributed to the Society in various positions during these years. In the past, I have served as the Chair and Counselor of the Engineering Ceramic s Division (ECD), Chair of the Awards Committee of the Division, Chair of the Panel of Fellows, Member and Chair of Planning and Meetings Committee, Member of Nominating Committee, and a Member of John Jeppson Award Committee of the Society.
As an ECD chair, I worked with a team of dedicated and talented volunteers to develop strategic plan and steer the division through a challenging period. We successfully addressed the issue of declining membership. As a Planning and Meetings committee chair, I worked with the committee and successfully participated in developing strategy for streamlining meetings/ planning processes.
I strongly believe that volunteers are the lifelines for the Society to address membership needs. Working for the Society has provided me with a good understanding of volunteer community, ACerS staff structure, and their interrelationships. I am interested in growth and advancement of volunteer community and strengthening of its relationship with the staff structure.
I would like to maintain the premier quality and technical excellence of ACerS publications and programming through increased participation of academia, industry, federal laboratories combined with strategic planning and international outreach. I believe that my past experience with the Society has provided me strong background to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.