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April 20th, 2017

St. Louis Section

Published on April 20th, 2017 | By: Belinda Raines

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




Bill Davis

Harbison Walker International

573-594-6425, ext. 293



Patty Smith

Missouri University of Science & Technology



Vice Chair

Chris Perry

Christy Refractories




Kent Weisenstein



Zach Hall

AluChem of Little Rock





UNITECR Student Travel Reimbursement

The Refractory Ceramics Division (RCD) and St. Louis Section (STLSEC) of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) in conjunction with The Refractories Institute (TRI) and ASTM International Committee C08 on Refractories would like to announce the availability of travel reimbursement funds for students to assist in attending UNITECR 2017 in Santiago Chile, September 26-29.


Requests should include student contact information, faculty reference information and amount of travel reimbursement requested with a brief statement of intent. RCD will contact selected students and provide a maximum reimbursement level available. Student will be required to submit expenses and a short paper on their experience at UNITECR to receive the funds as reimbursement for expenses after the meeting.


PLEASE EMAIL REQUESTS TO refd@ceramics.org by June 15, 2017


UNITECR17 Student Support Flyer



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


Meetings and Events

St. Louis Section/RCD 54th Annual Syposium of Refractories: March 21 – 22, 2018

The St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society will sponsor the 54th Annual Symposium on Refractories on the theme “Refractories for the Cement, Glass, and Minerals Manufacturing Industry” on March 21-22, 2018 and a kickoff event (TBD) will be held the evening of March 20, 2018. The meeting will take place in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. Co-program chairs are Andrew Domann of Bucher Emhart Glass and Steven Ashlock of Kyanite Mining Corporation.


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.


All ACerS Meetings


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 2017 Award: December 1, 2016


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, 2016 will be held for the following year. To request a nomination form, please contact Patty Smith at P: (573) 341-6265, F: (573) 341-6151.



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