Geoff Brennecka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and the Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. He received BS and MS degrees in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 2001 and 2002 and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2006. He spent 8 years as technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories before moving to academia in 2014.

Geoff has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers and is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, Young Alumnus awards from both Missouri S&T and the University of Illinois, and the IEEE Ferroelectrics Young Investigator Award; he currently serves on the Administrative Committee and chairs the Education Committee of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society. Geoff has been active in the American Ceramic Society since serving as Chair of the ACerS/NICE Student Congress (the precursor to today’s PCSA) as an undergraduate in 1999.

In the ensuing 18 years, he has served as President of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers, chair of the Education Integration Committee and several awards committees, helped to launch both the PCSA and YPN, and has received the ACerS Emerging Leader Award, the Karl Schwartzwalder-PACE award, and the Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award. Geoff currently serves as an Associate Editor of The Journal of the American Ceramic Society, as Chair of the ACerS Electronics Division, and sits on the ACerS Board of Directors. His research focuses on processing and applications of ferroelectric, piezoelectric, and related ceramic materials in bulk and thin film forms.