ACerS is pleased to announce Geoff Brennecka 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.

Brennecka received B.S. and M.S. degrees in ceramic engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology) and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Illinois. After eight years as technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, Brennecka joined the faculty at the Colorado School of Mines in 2014. He was promoted to associate professor in 2018 and made a Ben Fryrear Endowed Chair for Innovation in 2019.

Brennecka started his engagement with ACerS via the ACerS/NICE Student Congress while an undergraduate, which led directly to his helping to later establish and mentor the ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors and Young Professionals Network. He has held several leadership positions in ACerS, including serving on the Board of Directors for both ACerS and the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation, as editor of Journal of the American Ceramic Society, and chair of the ACerS Electronics Division.

Brennecka is also president of Keramos and on the Administrative Committee of the IEEE-UFFC Society. Among other recognitions, Brennecka is a Fellow of ACerS and recipient of an NSF CAREER award, the IEEE Ferroelectrics Young Investigator Award, Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award, and Karl Schwartzwalder Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering award.

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