A brief history of ICACC with Jim McCauley, meeting cofounder and ACerS past president | The American Ceramic Society

A brief history of ICACC with Jim McCauley, meeting cofounder and ACerS past president


The 40th International Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC’16) will take place in Daytona Beach, Fla., January 24–29, 2016, and the program lineup promises to be jam packed with the latest research on advanced ceramics and composites.

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In addition to a rich educational program, ICACC’16 attendees will have valuable networking opportunities and will be part of special 40th Jubilee events, which will celebrate this anniversary and honor those who have contributed to its success. The celebration even includes a special 40th Jubilee Symposium filled with an all-star lineup.

(And if you need more reasons to justify the trip, just 12 miles from the conference venue is Florida’s tallest lighthouse and the nation’s second tallest brick lighthouse.)

To honor this 40-year milestone, Jim McCauley—ICACC cofounder and ACerS past president—gives us a brief history of the meeting.

From its humble beginnings in Cocoa Beach, Fla., in 1975, when about 30 people gathered to discuss industry hot topics, to its current status as the go-to international event for engineering ceramics, ICACC has come a long way in the past four decades.

“At that first meeting, we actually only had about 30 people. We all sat at the same table, and we tried to decide if we were going to continue this and how we would do it,” McCauley says in a video produced by ACerS. “We had to start slowly, we had to stick with it, and we had to have confidence that what we were doing was correct.”

Check out the video to learn more about how ICACC started and the contributions the event has made and continues to make to the industry.

Credit: ACerS; YouTube