Board of Directors Biographies | The American Ceramic Society

Board of Directors Biographies

Michael L. Alexander, President 2017-2018

Michael Alexander is Manager of Taphole Technology, Allied Mineral Products, Inc., Pell City, Alabama, USA. He earned a B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University. 

An ACerS Fellow, Alexander is a member of and past chair of the Refractory Ceramics Division. He currently services on the international executive board for UNITECR (Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories).

Sylvia M. Johnson, President-elect 2017-2018

Sylvia Johnson was Chief Materials Technologies, Entry Systems and Technology Division, NASA Ames Research Center until her retirement in 2016. She earned a B.Sc. in Ceramic Engineering from University of New South Wales, M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.An ACerS Fellow, Johnson received the James I. Mueller Award, presented the Edward Orton Jr. Memorial Lecture in 2015, and is ACerS representative to the International Ceramic Federation.

William E. Lee, Past President 2017-2018

Bill Lee is Co-Director, Institute for Security Science and Technology, Imperial College London, United Kingdom.  He received his B.Sc. in physical metallurgy from University of Aston and a D.Phil from Oxford University on radiation damage in sapphire. An ACerS Fellow, Lee is a former member of the ACerS Board of Directors, a member of the Basic Science Division and is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.

Daniel W. Lease, Treasurer 2014-2018

Daniel Lease is Chief Financial Officer at WT Holdings, LLC, Fremont, Ohio, USA. He has a B.S. in Accounting from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA in Management from The Ohio State University.

Lease is a board member of The Refractories Institute where he previously served as chair and treasurer.

David Johnson

David W. Johnson Jr., Parliamentarian 2016-2017

David Johnson is retired from Agere Systems where he served as director of the applied materials research department. He is currently an Adjunct Professor and Senior Adviser at Stevens Institute of Technology and (retired) editor of the Journal of The American Ceramic Society. He earned a B.S. in ceramic technology and a Ph.D. in ceramic science from the Pennsylvania State University.

Johnson is an ACerS Fellow, a past chair and member of the Electronics Division, a member of the Basic Science and Glass & Optical Materials divisions and the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers. Johnson served as president of ACerS in 1994-95 and is the recipient of numerous ACerS awards, including Distinguished Life Membership.

Charlie Spahr, Executive Director

Appointed in October 2010, Charles Spahr serves as the tenth executive director of The American Ceramic Society since its formation in 1898. Prior to his appointment, Spahr served as the president of ACerS’ ceramic arts publishing unit (Ceramic Publications Company), a branch of the Society that he took over in 2005 when he first joined the ACerS staff. Before coming to ACerS, Spahr spent most of his career with Reed Elsevier, a publishing entity well known to the science and business community.

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Manoj K. Choudhary, Director 2015-2018

Manoj Choudhary is a senior technical staff member at Owens-Corning Science and Technology Center, Granville, Ohio, USA.  He earned a Sc.D., Materials Science & Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S., Chemical Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo and B. Tech. (Honors), Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

A Fellow of ACerS, Choudhary is past chair and member of the Glass and Optical Materials Division, an associate editor of the International Journal of Applied Glass Science and is president of the International Commission on Glass.


Doreen Edwards, Director 2016-2019

Doreen Edwards is dean of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology. She earned a B.S in chemistry from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.

An ACerS Fellow, Edwards is a member of the Basic Science Division.

Kevin M. Fox, Director 2017-2020

Kevin Fox is Principal Engineer at Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken, South Carolina.  Fox earned a B.S. degree in ceramic engineering from Alfred University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in materials science and engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

An ACerS Fellow, Fox received the Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional and the Karl Schwartzwalder Professional Achievement Awards. Fox is a member and past chair of the Nuclear and Environment Technology Division, and also holds membership in the Engineering Ceramics Division and the Education and Professional Development Council, which he helped launch in 2017.


Dana G. Goski, Director 2016-2019

Dana Goski is Director of Research at Allied Mineral Products, Inc., a global monolithic refractory producer headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, USA.   Goski earned her MSc and Ph.D. at TUNS (now Dalhousie University) in Canada.

An ACerS Fellow, she is a member of the Refractory Ceramics and the Art, Archaeology and Conservation Science Divisions.

Martin P. Harmer, Director 2015-2018

Martin Harmer is the Alcoa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Senior Faculty Advisor for Research Initiatives for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. Harmer earned his B.S. and Ph.D. in Ceramic Science from Leeds University and a D.Sc. in Ceramics, also from Leeds.

Harmer is an ACerS Fellow and recipient of the ACerS Kingery, Sosman, Fulrath, Purdy and Snow Awards and Distinguished Life Member.  He is a past chair and member of the Basic Science Division.


Lynnette D. Madsen, Director 2016-2019

Lynnette Madsen is Program Director of Ceramics at the National Science Foundation. located in Arlington, Virginia, USA.  She earned B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Psychology both from the University of Waterloo, an M.Eng. in Electronics from Carleton University, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from McMaster University.

Madsen is an ACerS Fellow, and is a member of the Art, Archaeology and Conservation Science, Basic Science and the Manufacturing Divisions.  She serves as ACerS representative to the Multi-Society Diversity Council.

Sanjay Mathur, Director 2017-2020

Sanjay Mathur is Director and Chair of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry at University of Cologne, Germany.  Mathur earned a DPhil in Chemical Laboratories from University of Rajasthan, and M.Phil. and M.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Vikram University in India.

An ACerS Fellow, Mathur is a member and past chair of the Engineering Ceramics Division.

Martha Mecartney, Director 2017-2020

Martha Mecartney is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at University of California, Irving.  Mecartney earned an M.S. and Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science and a B.A. in Classics from Case Western Reserve University.

An ACerS Fellow, Mecartney is a member and past chair of the Basic Science Division and also holds membership in the Engineering Ceramics, Nuclear and Environmental Technology and the Art, Archaeology and Conversation Science Divisions.

Greg Rohrer

Gregory S. Rohrer, Director 2015-2018

Gregory Rohrer is W.W. Mullins Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and the Head of the Materials Science and Engineering Department, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

An ACerS Fellow, Rohrer is the recipient of the Roland B. Snow Award, the Ross Coffin Purdy Award, the Richard M. Fulrath Award, the Robert B. Sosman Award, and the W. David Kingery Award. He is a past chair and member of the Basic Science Division.

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