[Image above] Kevin Fox, Keramos president (left); Greg Hilmas, past-president (center); and Brian Gilmore, vice president (right), kick off this year’s Mug Drop contest. Credit: ACerS

Day 3 of this year’s Materials Science and Technology conference definitely didn’t disappoint.

The schedule began with the event’s plenary session, which featured Sylvia Johnson, chief materials technologist in the Entry Systems and Technology Division at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., as one of the presenters. Johnson was this year’s Edward Orton, Jr. Memorial Lecturer—an honor that recognizes individuals for scholarly work in ceramics or a related field. Her presentation on materials science in outer space drew a packed house and was a hit with session attendees. 

The afternoon brought crowds to the Exhibit Hall for the infamous annual Mug Drop and Disc Golf competitions. And of course the ACerS lounge continued to be the place to be for mingling with members and Society staff. Check out some of the day’s highlights! 


Sylvia Johnson delivers her presentation on materials science in outer space during the plenary session. Credit: ACerS


Entries in the annual Mug Drop competition are lined up to be judged. Credit: ACerS


The crowd grows as the annual Mug Drop competition begins. Credit: ACerS


Kevin Fox, president of Keramos (left), and Greg Hilmas, past-president, examine the remains of a fallen mug. Credit: ACerS


Unfortunately, that mug’s journey ended here. Credit: ACerS


The mugs that made it to the end! Credit: ACerS


Brian Gilmore, vice president of Keramos, judges ceramic discs for the Disc Golf competition. Credit: ACerS


A disc golf participant eyes his target. Credit: ACerS


Mrityunjay (Jay) Singh, 2015–2016 ACerS president, stopped by the ACerS lounge to visit with staff and members. Credit: ACerS

We’ll be adding all of the pictures from MS&T15 to our Flickr page after the conference, so stay tuned for more!