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Northern Ohio Section

The Northern Ohio Section of The American Ceramic Society encompasses the northeastern region of Ohio, including the counties of Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Harrison, Holmes, Huron, Jefferson, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, and Wayne.


Northern Ohio Section Officers 2017

Chair:  Alp Sehirlioglu

Vice Chair: Valerie Wiesner

Treasurer: Dennis Fox

Secretary: Mike Dowell



Upcoming Meeting Announced


The Northern Ohio Section of ACerS will hold a joint meeting with ASM’s Cleveland Chapter on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.


Guest Speaker: Mr. Dennis Fox, Materials Research Engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field


Topic: “NASA Glenn’s Heritage in Oxidation of Ceramic Turbine Engine Materials” (see abstract below)



5:45 p.m. – Social and Networking

6:30 p.m. – Dinner (buffet)

7:00 p.m. – Speaker


Location:  Toscana Party Center, 4972 East 71st Street, Cleveland, OH, 44125

Toscana is easily accessible from 1-77.  Take the Grant Street exit (#158) east to East 71st Street and turn right (south). Toscana is one mile south after Bletch Court and before Willow Brook Drive.


Dinner Cost (includes two drink tickets):

Members and guests – $30

Retiree – $20

Students – $10

Lecture is free for all.


Please register by October 12 to Dennis.S.Fox@NASA.gov


Abstract: NASA Glenn’s heritage in the oxidation of ceramic turbine engine materials is presented.  Part I encompasses a history of the Center itself.   Part II describes: 1) the ground-breaking work in which the rate of oxidation of silicon carbide in oxygen water vapor was quantified, 2) the identification of reaction products using mass spectrometry, 3) the determination of material recession rates, and finally 4) the development of environmental barrier coatings to protect SiC-based materials from water vapor attack.


Speaker: Originally from Columbus OH, Dennis Fox has 32 years’ experience as a Materials Research Engineer in the Materials and Structures Division.  He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Ceramic Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1982 and 1985, respectively.  In 1985 he joined the Ceramics Branch at the NASA Lewis Research Center.  Since 1991 he has been a member of the Environmental Effects and Coatings Branch conducting research on the oxidation and corrosion of ceramics and superalloys for turbine engine hot section applications. His technical expertise includes thermogravimetric analysis, burner rig testing of materials, scanning electron microscopy, high temperature mass spectrometry, and plasma spray of thermal / environmental barrier coatings.  In 2004, Mr. Fox received a NASA Exceptional Service Medal, “for valued contributions to the development of advanced materials technology and its transfer to turbine engine manufacturers“.  He is the author of 23 refereed journal papers, five book chapters, seven NASA Technical Memorandums and 44 technical meeting papers.  He represents the Glenn Research Center by promoting science and engineering at the kindergarten to 12th-grade level, having been active in outreach activities since 1995.


Section News            

The Section congratulates our Student Representative, newly-minted Dr. Devesh Dadhich Shreeram of the University of Akron, who will be pursuing his career in Idaho, and our Vice-President Valerie Wiesner of NASA Glenn, who will be gaining responsibilities at NASA Langley. We have a few good ceramists! We always look for more.


Top Employers

56% of Northern Ohio ACerS members work for 9 employers:

   NASA Glenn
   Momentive Materials
   Case Western Reserve University
   University of Akron
   General Electric
   Morgan Advanced Materials


Top Schools

 More than 90% of student members are at 4 schools:

   Case Western Reserve University
   University of Akron
   Youngstown State University
   College of Wooster


Section Officers Enjoy Ceramics Expo!


Northern Ohio Section members were able to enjoy all of the offerings of Ceramics Expo, which was held in Cleveland, April 25-27, 2017.


     From left: Dennis Fox, Valerie Wiesner, Alp Sehirlioglu, Ryan Paul, and Mike Dowell.



Revitalization Meeting Held February 27, 2017

Following a period of dormancy, the Northern Ohio Section is back in action! The Section Officers, elected in January, are eager to revitalize the Section and are in the midst of planning activities.  Among the ideas under consideration: student outreach events, technical meetings, and a pre-MS&T (Pittsburgh) gathering in October.  Please contact one of the officers if you are interested in Section membership, local activities, or volunteering opportunities. 




Check back for upcoming meetings!

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