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[Editor’s note: This post comes to us from Lisa Rueschhoff, 2015–2016 ACerS PCSA Chair.]

By Lisa Rueschhoff

When you’re starting out, it can be difficult to find your way—your way around the lab, your way through your experiments, your way through your education, your way into and around a career of choice.

Good news, students and young professionals—a special workshop this winter can help you get on track.

ACerS Winter Workshop, Jan. 22–25, 2016, provides students and young professionals access to two international technical meetings, invaluable networking opportunities with other attendees and leaders in the field, and expert-led professional development sessions focusing on networking, interviewing, and more.

Students and young professionals from around the world are encouraged to attend this workshop, which will bridge two ACerS technical meetings in sunny Florida.


The workshop will kick off at the final day of the Electronic Materials and Applications 2016 (EMA 2016) meeting in Orlando, where attendees will have the opportunity to attend technical sessions and the meeting’s popular “Failure: The greatest teacher” concluding session. The first evening also includes a welcome dinner for workshop attendees.

On Saturday, workshop activities will take place at the University of Central Florida campus in Orlando. Morning sessions will focus on advanced characterization techniques in glasses and ceramics. Speakers include pivotal scientists from around the world who will present research on optical, mechanical, and electronic characterization of materials. Lectures are followed by lab tours that will provide insight into the characterization capabilities needed to run a world-class research facility.

Saturday’s afternoon session will focus on professional development, beginning with a speed mentoring and lunch session that will allow attendees to personally meet international ceramic and glass leaders representing industry, academia, and government laboratories. Afternoon sessions include the “Importance of social media,” “Personal networking and the elevator pitch,” as well as “Landing that professional job—How to stand out when interviewing.”

The evening will end with a BBQ and social gathering, where attendees can relax and network with other young professionals from around the world.

On Sunday, attendees will take an excursion to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral for an all-day self-guided tour that includes the Saturn V rocket, Space Shuttle Atlantis, and other milestones in the U.S. space program.

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NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Credit: Reinhard Link; Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0


Buses will transport attendees to Daytona Beach, Fla., where they will finish the workshop with the opening reception for the 40th International Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC) on Sunday evening and the ICACC plenary session and award lectures on Monday morning.

The registration fee for the workshop is $350 if registered on or before December 23 and $425 afterwards. Registration fee covers the first two nights of shared hotel room in Orlando, Sunday night shared room in Daytona Beach, as well as all meals and transportation among EMA, UCF, Kennedy Space Center, and Daytona Beach. Transportation to and from the airport is not included.

ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA), Young Professionals Network (YPN), and past-president Kathleen Richardson organized the 2016 Winter Workshop. More information about the workshop and registration can be found here.  

What are you waiting for? Register today!