[Image above] A highlight of the Glass Problems Conference each year is a student tour of a local glass manufacturing plant. Credit: ACerS
The Owens-Illinois (O-I) Charities Foundation (Perrysburg, Ohio) awarded $20,000 to the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) and the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC) to support CGIF outreach programs and provide travel grants to college students studying ceramic and glass science.
The CGIF will use $10,000 of the grant to support the Foundation’s programs which introduce middle school and high school students to ceramic and glass science. The remaining $10,000 funded travel grants that allowed university engineering students to attend the 79th Conference on Glass Problems, November 5–8, 2018, at the Greater Columbus (Ohio) Convention Center. The conference is the largest glass manufacturing conference in North America and attracts glass manufacturers and suppliers worldwide to exchange innovations and solutions.
“We are extremely grateful to the O-I Charities Foundation for this generous grant which will enable us to expand our outreach programs,” CGIF director of development Marcus Fish says. “Providing travel assistance to students helps further our mission of supporting the next generation of glass scientists and engineers.”
“We are grateful for the foresight and progressive vision of the O-I Charities Foundation in support of their community,” GMIC executive director Bob Lipetz, adds. “This significant support provides students the opportunity to network with industry leaders at the Conference on Glass Problems, as well as providing industry the opportunity to develop the next generation of glass industry professionals.”
The American Ceramic Society created the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation in 2014 to attract, inspire, and train the next generation of ceramic and glass professionals. In pursuit of its mission, the CGIF develops and manages a number of programs in the areas of K–12 student outreach, university-industry networks, and the Ceramic and Glass Career Center.
Owens-Illinois Inc. is the world’s largest glass container manufacturer and preferred partner for many of the world’s leading food and beverage brands. The company employs approximately 27,000 people at 79 plants in 23 countries. With global headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio, O-I delivers safe, sustainable, pure, iconic, brand-building glass packaging to a growing global marketplace.