ACerS 2018 Annual Meeting, awards, and honors at MS&T18

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The September 2018  issue of ACerS Bulletin is now available online.

In this issue, we celebrate ACerS 2018 award recipients and recognize their noteworthy contributions to the ceramic and glass field. You’ll meet the three new Distinguished Life Members, ACerS highest honor—Amar Bhalla, John Halloran, and George Scherer. And you will learn through their personal stories about their professional accomplishments and how they found success in their fields. You can also read about the 15 new Society Fellows, plus the rest of the award recipients, all of whom will receive their awards at ACerS Annual Awards Banquet at MS&T18, October 14–18, in Columbus, Ohio.

Did you know that Keramos, the professional fraternity for ceramic engineers, has inducted more than 10,000 members over its 100+ year history? Kevin Fox takes you through Keramos’ history, its outreach activities, and the close relationship the organization has with ACerS.

The issue also features advances in new sintering science and technology. A University of California, San Diego, group led by Javier Garay reports on advances in densifying optical materials with current-activated pressure-assisted densification. From further north in California at UC Davis, Ricardo Castro discusses how nanopowders—specifically their surface areas—impact the sintering process. Researchers hoped that using nanoparticles would improve mechanical strength, but he says it’s more complicated than that when looking at the big picture.

Also in the September issue, authors Costandino Relias and Doug Ngai describe how Vickers indentation fracture toughness testing is a quick way to estimate fracture toughness values of brittle materials. They say it’s important to choose the right equations when calculating fracture toughness.

You’ll find a lot more interesting content inside this—and every issue—of the ACerS Bulletin. The current issue is free to all for a short time, but remember that all the valuable content in over ninety years of past issues of the ACerS Bulletin is free only to members—so considering joining us today!

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