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The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation to install first Board of Trustees

WESTERVILLE, OHIO—The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation will install its first Board of Trustees during the inaugural Ceramics Expo trade show, April 28–30 in Cleveland, Ohio.

An initiative of The American Ceramic Society, the CGIF’s mission is to ensure that the global ceramic and glass industry is able to attract, inspire, and train the highest quality talent available to work with this unique class of engineered materials.

The Foundation’s international Board represents a cross section of the world’s top materials manufacturers and academic institutions.

  • Madapusi Badrinarayan, vice president and research director–inorganic materials, process and modeling, Corning Incorporated
  • Richard Brow, Curators’ Professor of ceramic engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • Ted Day, president and CEO, Mo-Sci Corp
  • Richard Feeser, president, Superior Technical Ceramics Corp
  • Shin-ichi Hirano, Zhiyuan Chair Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • James Houseman, chief executive officer, Harrop Industries
  • Daniel Lease, chief financial officer, WT Holdings LLC
  • Alexander Michaelis, director, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS
  • Mike Murray, chief technical officer, Morgan Crucible Co.
  • David Pye, dean emeritus, Alfred University, and CEO, Empire State Glassworks LLC
  • Kathleen Richardson, professor of optics and materials science and engineering, University of Central Florida
  • Lora Cooper Rothen, CEO, Du-Co Ceramics Company
  • Charles Semler, president, Semler Materials Services
  • Shreekant Somany, chairman and managing director, Somany Ceramics Limited
  • Charlie Spahr, executive director, The American Ceramic Society
  • Mary Stevenson, president, Deltech Inc.
  • Jonathan Tabor, president and CEO, Allied Mineral Products
  • José Varela, chief executive officer, São Paulo State Research Foundation
  • Shunpei Yamazaki, president, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory

At their first meeting, the CGIF Trustees will determine programming and scholarship priorities for the coming year, including establishing cost-efficient training and continuing education for working professionals, outreach programs for elementary and secondary school students, and scholarships and internships for undergraduate students. These programs will be provided through gifts to the CGIF, which will be matched dollar for dollar by a $1 million matching grant provided by The American Ceramic Society.

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