The Global Young Bioceramicist Award is presented by The American Ceramic Society’s Bioceramics Division. The award recognizes the outstanding young ceramic engineer and material scientist, who has made significant contributions to the area of Bioceramics, for human healthcare around the globe. Nominations are invited from the candidates from academia, industry, or government-funded national laboratory – across the world.

The inaugural 2020 award is presented to Dr. William Lepry, McGill University. Dr. Lepry is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mining and Materials Engineering at McGill University researching sol-gel derived bioactive glasses. He has a Ceramic Engineering degree from Alfred University and later worked as a Post-Bachelors Research Associate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. His PhD thesis at McGill represented the seminal work on bioactive sol-gel borate glasses which has led to multiple academic, innovation, and start-up awards as well as two patents. Dr. Lepry is also on the Bioglasses Technical Committee of the International Commission on Glass.

The award is presented annually at ACerS Annual Meeting/MS&T; however, this year was announced during the MS&T Virtual Meeting November 2 – 6, 2020 in conjunction with the Bioceramics Division’s Next Generation Biomaterials symposium.