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September 6th, 2014

St. Louis Section

Published on September 6th, 2014 | By: Marcia Stout


The St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society was founded in 1965.



Roger Smith
Imrie-Gielow, Inc.
P: (573) 291-4106

Patty Smith
Missouri University of Science & Technology
(573) 341-6265


Vice Chair
Bill Davis
(217) 742-5501


Kent Weisenstein
(636) 479-7770




Chris Perry

Christy Refractories
(314) 773-7500




Dues of $5 per year can be paid on your annual ACerS membership renewal form.  Make sure to include your complete mailing address and Tel/Fax numbers and email address.


Meetings & Events

Read a recap—with photos—from the St. Louis Section/Refractory Ceramics Division’s 51st annual symposium, held March 24-26 in St. Louis, Missouri.  


Mark Your Calendar!

St. Louis Section/RCD 52nd Annual Symposium: March 29-31, 2016

The St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society will sponsor the 52nd Annual Symposium on the theme “Refractories for the Ferrous Industry: A Historical Perspective, Present, and Future Directions” on March 30-31, 2016, with a kickoff event at the St. Louis Blues hockey game planned for the evening of March 29, 2016. The meeting will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. Co-program chairs are Simon Leiderman of U.S. Steel Research and Technology and Bill Davis, Harbison-Walker.


View the list of speakers and their topics, and the list of tabletop exhibitors here


The Tabletop Expo format is the same as previous years, with each vendor having a 6-foot table to display products and literature. The charge is $300, which will be used to cover the cost of the Expo Hall and provide an open two hour bar during the “Meet and Greet” for the attendees prior to the dinner buffet on Wednesday evening. If you are interested in participating in the Tabletop Expo, contact Patty Smith at (573) 341-6265 or psmith@mst.edu.


Please note that a meeting of the ASTM International C-8 Committee on Refractories will be held on March 29th, before this joint St. Louis Section/RCD conference. Contact Kate McClung at (610) 832-9717 for more information on this meeting.


The pre-registration fee of $225.00 or on-site registration fee of $275.00 ($125.00 for Emeritus/Seniors and $50.00 for students) includes the cost of your bound copy of the Symposium Technical Papers, Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Coffee Breaks. The deadline is March 25th to receive the pre-registration rate.  2016 Registration Form


A block of rooms has been set aside for the evenings of March 28 thru April 1, 2016 at the Hilton (314) 426-5500. The rate is $107.00 for a single or double. To receive the $107 rate mention the Group Name: St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society or Group Code: ACT when making your reservation. The web address to make online reservations is: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/S/STLHIHF-MUS-20160328/index.jhtml


All hotel reservations must be received on or before March 7, 2016.


For further information please contact Patty Smith at tel: (573) 341-6265, Fax: (573) 341-2071 or email: psmith@mst.edu.



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The Theodore J. Planje – St. Louis Refractories Award Winners

2016 Winner: Bjørn Myhre, Elkem Silicon Materials

2015 Winner: Victor C. Pandolfelli, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil

2014 Winner: Jeffrey D. Smith, Missouri University of Science and Technology

2013 Winner: J.P. Willi, Sunset Refractory Services, LLC

2012 Winner:  Rick Volk, UNI-REF, Inc.

2011 Winner: Rob Crolius – The Refractories Institute 

2010 Winner: James L. Hill, Retired – ANH Refractories

2009 Winner: James W. Stendera, Vesuvius USA


Nomination deadline for 2015 Award: December 1, 2014


In December 1967, the St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society announced the establishment of  “The St. Louis Refractories Award.” This has been provided in Article XII of the by-laws of the St. Louis Section “for the purpose of recognizing and honoring distinguished achievement in the refractories field.”


In March 1982, the St. Louis Section voted to amend Article XII of the by-laws. The award was renamed “The Theodore J. Planje — St. Louis Refractories Award” in honor of his many contributions.


Nominations received after December 1, 2014 shall be held for the following year. To request a nomination form please contact Patty Smith at P: (573) 341-6265, F: (573) 341-6151.



The Refractories Institute (TRI) will once again award a limited number of scholarships for the academic year 2016-17 based on academic merit and the applicant’s demonstrated experience and interest in the field of refractories. The scholarships will be awarded in the form of one time grants of $5,000 each and are available to college undergraduate or graduate students studying in North America who are enrolled full time for the 2015-16 academic year in pursuit of an undergraduate or advanced degree in ceramic engineering, materials science or similar discipline. Deadline for applications is March 11, 2016. Find out more today

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