Career Path: Geoff Brennecka

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 11 am (EST)

Like most Hollywood blockbusters, each career path has its origin story, hurdles, heartbreak, questionable choices, a strong supporting cast, and the occasional attempt at a plot line and dialogue. This debut webinar for 2020 will feature Dr. Geoff Brennecka, Associate Professor at the Colorado School of Mines.


In this webinar, Dr. Geoff Brennecka will provide a brief summary of his background and career so far, with a focus on some of the decisions, experiences, and influences that have been the most impactful on his journey. Prior to an extended Q&A session, Geoff will try to answer questions like:

  • Why has ACerS remained Geoff’s home professional society through 3 universities and 3 national labs?
  • How does one transition from a staff position at a national laboratory to academia?
  • Which is more important for my next job: GPA, h-index, or something else?

The ceramics world is a wonderfully small and tight-knit family. The friends (and enemies…) that you make now will be with you for decades, and the doors that these relationships will open can reduce the best-laid plans to rubble in the face of new opportunities.


Dr. Geoff Brennecka
Associate Professor
Fryrear Chair for Innovation
Colorado School of Mines

Prof. Geoff Brennecka is an Associate Professor and Fryrear Chair for Innovation at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. He received BS and MS degrees in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T) and a PhD in MatSE from the University of Illinois.

He worked for 8 years as technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories before joining the faculty at Mines. Geoff is a Fellow of ACerS and an Editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. He has served as Chair of the ACerS Electronics Division and on the Board of Directors for ACerS and the Ceramics and Glass Industry Foundation, as well as the equivalent for the Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society of IEEE. His group’s research focuses on discovery, development and deployment of piezoelectric, ferroelectric, and related ceramics and thin films.


Registration is closed. Thank you for attending!
If you missed the webinar, please make sure to review the recording.

If you have any questions, please contact Yolanda Natividad.

This webinar is brought to you by ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA).