[Image above] Credit: MIT School of Engineering; YouTube


It’s a good month for ceramics and glass.

Need proof? Let me.

April marks the first-ever Ceramics Expo in Cleveland, Ohio (April 28–30). This one-stop-shop for all things raw materials, equipment, machinery, and technology used within the ceramic manufacturing supply chain will be big. With more than 170 exhibitors, thousands of expected attendees, and one massive marketplace for the ceramic and glass industry, CEX is a can’t-miss for the month. (You can still register for a free pass—just head here.)

Credit: ACerS; YouTube

In addition to “firsts” for industry, Ceramics Expo also will mark two big firsts for ACerS—the first time that both the newly rejuvenated Manufacturing Division and The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation Board of Trustees will meet. Learn more about the mission of the CGIF here, or head here to learn how you can help shape the Manufacturing Division during its inaugural year (ACerS members can join for free in year one—click here to add ACerS MD to your membership).

Lastly, April also just happens to be the month that MIT’s materials science and engineering department celebrates the reopening of the W. David Kingery Ceramics and Glass Laboratory (nee MIT Glass Lab). According to an MIT news release, the renovation not only adds more space but new equipment, increased safety features, and improved ventilation systems.

MIT reports that an anonymous donor gifted the university with funds to rename the lab in honor of Kingery, who MIT calls “a pioneer in the study of ceramics.” (Sidenote: ACerS, too, has honored Kingery through the annual presentation of an award in his name. The W. David Kingery award recognizes distinguished lifelong achievements involving multidisciplinary and global contributions to ceramic technology, science, education, and art. Congratulations to the 2015 recipient Gary Messing and all of the Society award winners.)

Take a sneak peek at the lab—as well as MIT’s Merton C. Flemings Materials Processing Laboratory, which houses the forge and foundry—in the short clip below.

Credit: MIT School of Engineering; YouTube

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