More than 1,000 scientists and engineers dodged the deep freeze gripping much of the United States to attend the 38th edition of the International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites in Daytona Beach, Fla., which opened yesterday. The conference is organized by the Engineering Ceramics Division and includes some committee and planning meetings. Also, the ASTM C28 committee met here on Sunday.
Sunday evening’s preconference reception gave attendees a chance to meet old friends, make some new ones, and shake out their travel legs. As is ECD’s custom, the conference opened on Monday with two award lectures and two plenary lectures. I’ll summarize them for you later, but all four talks were very good. Also, this is the third year for the Global Young Investigators Forum and the first year for the Global Young Investigator Award. It won’t be long before some of the original GYIF participants will “graduate out,” but already they show signs of being ready to take on leadership roles in the larger ICACC conference.
Here are some photo highlights from Sunday and Monday. The exhibition opens this evening and will include a poster session and the ever-popular Schott glass drop contest. Tomorrow the exhibition continues as well as many technical talks.