Elizabeth Dickey, President 2021-2022

Elizabeth Dickey is Teddy & Wilton Hawkins Distinguished Professor and Department Head of Materials Science & Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Dickey earned a B.S. degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Kentucky and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.

An ACerS Fellow, she is a member of the Basic Science Division. She is a recipient of the Richard M. Fulrath Award.

Dana G. Goski, Past President 2021-2022

Dana Goski is Vice President, Research and Development at Allied Mineral Products, LLC, 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, Dana is a member of the Refractory Ceramics Division and the Manufacturing Division. She is a recipient of the Manufacturing Division's Marquis Award.

Sanjay Mathur, President-elect 2021-2022

Sanjay Mathur is Director and Chair, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Cologne, Germany. Mathur earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Laboratories from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India; Master of Philosophy (M. Phil) in Physical Chemistry and Master of Science (M. Sc.) in Physical Chemistry both from Vikram University, Ujjain, India.

An ACerS Fellow, Mathur is also the recipient of the Engineering Ceramics Division's Global Star Award and Bridge-Building Award. He is a past chair and member of the Engineering Ceramic Division and served on the ACerS and Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation boards, as well as several of ACerS committees including the Diversity & Inclusion, Strategic Planning for Emerging Opportunities, Kingery Award, Jeppson Award, ECerS-ACerS Joint Award, and Morgan Medal & Global Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award committees. Mathur has chaired or co-chair several meetings and was an associate editor of ACerS International Journal of Applied Ceramics Technology.

Stephen Houseman, Treasurer 2018-2022

Stephen Houseman is president of Harrop Industries, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio, USA.  Houseman holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University.

He served ACerS as a member of the Finance Committee for several years to prepare for the Treasurer position and is a past chair, vice chair and treasurer of the Central Ohio Section of ACerS. He is a member of the Manufacturing and Structural Clay Products Division.


Daniel Tipsord, Treasurer-elect 2021-2022

Daniel Tipsord is General Manager at Skyworks RF Ceramics/Trans-Tech, Inc. in Middletown, Md., a multibillion dollar technical corporation. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Ceramic Engineering.

Dan is a trustee of the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation and is the current treasurer of the Association of American Ceramic Component Manufacturers. He is a member of the Manufacturing Division.


Stephen Freiman, Parliamentarian 2018-2024

Stephen Freiman formed Freiman Consulting, Inc. in Potomac, Maryland, USA after retiring as chief of the Ceramics Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He earned a B. ChE. and M. S. in Metallurgy from the Georgia Institute of Technology and received a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida.

Freiman is an ACerS Fellow, served as president of the Society in 1998-1999 and received Distinguished Life Membership in 2007. He is a member of the Glass & Optical Materials, Art, Archaeology & Conservation Science, and Energy Materials and Systems Divisions.

Mark Mecklenborg, Executive Director

Appointed in January, 2019, Mark Mecklenborg serves as the eleventh executive director of The American Ceramic Society since its formation in 1898. Prior to his appointment, Mecklenborg served as ACerS director of membership, meetings and publications. He has been with the Society since 1995, and was instrumental in developing strategic partnerships with international ceramic and glass organizations, leading to prominent conferences in the field. Under his leadership, Mecklenborg also created membership opportunities for graduate students, expanded local Sections, and established international Chapters. Mark is a founding member of the former Potters Council, now known as the International Ceramic Artists Network.

Helen M. Chan, Director 2019–2022

Helen Chan is New Jersey Zinc Professor, Department Materials Science & Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science from Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London.

An ACerS Fellow, Chan is a past chair and current member of the Basic Science Division. She also is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.

Monica Ferraris, Director 2019-2022

Monica Ferraris is full professor of Science and Technology of Materials at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. She earned a Master’s Degree in Solid State Chemistry at the University of Torino, Italy.

An ACerS Fellow, Ferraris is a member of the Engineering Ceramics Division, co-Editor in Chief of ACerS’s International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, co-Chair of the Italy Chapter of The American Ceramic Society.

William L. Headrick Jr, Director 2019–2022

Bill Headrick is Head of R&D Alumina Silica – Americas, RHI Magnesita, Pevely, Missouri. He earned B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

An ACerS Fellow, Headrick holds membership in the Refractory Ceramics and Manufacturing Divisions, St. Louis Section and Keramos.

Darryl Butt, Director 2020-2023

Darryl Butt is Dean of the College of Mines and Earth Sciences, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, and Director of the Energy Frontiers Research Center, MUSE. Dr. Butt received his PhD in Ceramic Science from Penn State University.

An ACerS Fellow, Butt is a member of the Basic Science, Engineering Ceramics, and Art, Archaeology and Conservation Science Divisions.

Eva Hemmer, Director 2020-2023

Eva Hemmer is Assistant Professor, Materials Chemistry at the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Eva earned a PhD in Materials Science from Saarland University, Germany.

She was awarded the Global Young Investigator Award of the Engineering Ceramics Division and the Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award.  Hemmer is a member of the Engineering Ceramics Division and the Energy Materials and Systems Division.

Makio Naito, Director 2020-2023

Makio Naito is Professor, Joining and Welding Research Institute (JWRI) at Osaka University, Japan.  He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from Nagoya University in Japan.

An ACerS Fellow and recipient of the Richard M. Fulrath Award.  Naito is a member of the Engineering Ceramics Division.

Kristin Breder, Director 2021-2024

Krisitn Breder is Senior principal scientist at Saint-Gobain Research North America in Northborough, Mass. Breder earned a M.S. in Physics Engineering at Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

Breder is a member of the Engineering Ceramics and Basic Science Divisions, has served as chair of the Membership Services Committee, member of the Jeppson, Du-Co Ceramics and Corporate Environmental Achievement Award committees and an associate editor of the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology.

Olivia Graeve, Director 2021-2024

Olivia Graeve is professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Director of the CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials and Systems, Faculty Director of the IDEA Engineering Student Center, at the University of California, San Diego. Graeve holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California San Diego.

An ACerS Fellow, Graeve is a member of the Basic Science Division. She previously served as secretary, vice president and president of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers, chair of the Bulletin Advisory Board, and co-chair of programming for the Basic Science Division.

Shibin Jiang, Director 2021-2024

Shibin Jiang is President and CEO of AdValue Photonics Inc. and Founder, Chairman of the Board of AdValue Technology LLC in Tucson, Ariz., and is an adjunct professor, the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. He earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Universite de Rennes 1, France, MS in Optical Materials from Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics and Chinese Academy of Sciences, and BS in Chemical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China.

An ACerS Fellow and member and past chair of the Glass and Optical Materials Division, Jiang has served on the Nominating, Medal for Leadership in the Advancement of Ceramic Technology, and Darshana and Arun Varshneya Frontiers of Glass Science Lecture committee. AdValue Photonics Inc. received the Corporate Technical Achievement Award vin 2018 for the development and commercialization of Highly Rare-Earth Doped Silicate Glass Fibers.

Olivia Brandt, Student Member 2021-2022

Olivia Brandt is a 3rd year Ph.D. candidate in the materials engineering department at Purdue University. She is co-advised by Professors Rodney Trice and Jeffrey Youngblood and she is working on novel processing methods of silicon carbide for heat exchanger applications. She received her BS in materials engineering in 2019 from the University of California, Riverside.

Brandt is a member of the Engineering Ceramics and Refractory Ceramics Divisions and is current chair of ACerS President's Council of Student Advisors.