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ACerS is pleased to announce that Christopher Kassner has been selected for Volunteer Spotlight, a program through which we recognize a member who demonstrates outstanding service to The American Ceramic Society through volunteerism.

Kassner received his B.S. in physics from Rowan University in 2014 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in materials science and engineering at the University of Virginia. He specializes in high-temperature processing and has developed novel routes for making submicron porous SiOC foams. Kassner also conducts research on vapor phase deposition of refractory systems.

Kassner is actively involved with ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA), serving on the outreach committee (2017–present). In the 2018–2019 term, he was the outreach chair making contributions to developing media to educate K–12 students on ceramic engineering as well as implementing new strategies to distribute the media to teachers and students. Additionally, Kassner volunteered for the Mini-Materials Demo Camp, Schott Glass Competition, as well as other student-led events. He also served on the planning committee for the ACerS Annual Winter Workshop held in Daytona Beach during ICACC’18.

We extend our deep appreciation to Kassner for his service to our Society!