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Western New York Section

2017 Section Officers:


Chair:  Matt Creedon, Washington Mills


Treasurer: Matt Hall, Alfred University 


Secretary: Holly Shulman, Ceralink


Trustee One: Doreen Edwards, Rochester Institute of Technology


Trustee Two: Lou Mattos, Corning



Upcoming Meeting Announced!


ACerS members and guests are invited to join us for a tour of ASK Chemicals Hi-Tech, LLC, and dinner!


When: August 1, 2017


Time: Tour 3 – 5 p.m.; Dinner 5:15 – 7:00 p.m.


Where: 6329 State Route 21, Alfred Station, NY (note: park on sides of driveway if lot is full and come to the front door)


Dinner at Rosebush Restaurant 11 North Main Street,  Alfred, NY


Who: Andy Norris, technical manager and quality assurance manager at ASK Chemicals Hi-Tech, will give us the tour and talk to us about the history of ASK and their ceramic products. Andy is a graduate of the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University with bachelor’s (1988) and master’s (1990) degrees in ceramic engineering, Norris with hired at what was then Hi-Tech Ceramics immediately after graduation as a development engineer. The company, founded in 1981 by three Alfred University alumni, was acquired by ASK Chemicals in 2008, making it part of a world-wide company with 1,800 employees, 20 plants and about $800 million in annual sales. Norris has been part of the local manufacturing economy since graduating from AU, working to develop, improve and provide consistent ceramic filters used in the casting of critical foundry castings for the aerospace, medical, automotive, mining and other industries. Primary projects and efforts are with partially stabilized zirconia reticulated ceramics. During his 25-year career at ASK Chemicals Hi-Tech, Norris has continued to be involved with AU through analytical services and ceramic resources provided by the School of Engineering. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Advanced Ceramics at AU.


Let’s get the word out to everyone in WNY with an interest in ceramics industry and education!  We have funds available to pay for dozens of student memberships and plenty of good food and drink for our meetings. We will discuss future activities that will benefit our members. 


Come help shape this organization to benefit the people and companies of Western NY.


Here’s a first draft of a mission statement. Your feedback is important!


Our mission is to bring together people involved in the ceramics industry in Western NY to mutually support growth through education and networking. This will be accomplished through a monthly newsletter, plant tours, presentations, social events, and student scholarships.




Western New York Section Holds Meeting


The newly-revitalized Western New York Section held a well-attended meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 26, 2017, in conjunction with Ceramics Expo.


Following an introduction by Section Chair Matt Creedon, special guest, ACerS President Bill Lee, kicked off the meeting by welcoming everyone and outlining his vision for the Society and the Section.


Christopher Janson, Business Development Executive, NYS Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics, followed with a presentation on how the Center leverages the University at Buffalo’s cutting edge materials science and informatics expertise to foster a culture of innovation and drive critical to R&D activities that directly impact private sector growth in advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and energy.



Matt Creedon led a discussion of Section membership and all in attendance were enrolled as Section members if they weren’t a member already.  A suggestion was made to also make Material Advantage students in the region Section members as well.


Attendees discussed various ideas for future events and it was agreed that a meeting should be planned for the near future.


For questions, contact Matt Creedon at mjcreedon22@gmail.com.


Check back for upcoming meetings and events!

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