One of the critical goals of this special session is to recognize Jubilee Global Diversity Awardees—exceptional early- to mid-career women and underrepresented minorities (based on race, ethnicity, nationality and geographic location) in areas of ceramic science and engineering who will be invited to present their contributions.

This session will also focus on entrepreneurship and commercialization. Entrepreneurship has become an important tool for job creation. The entrepreneurial process is highly rewarding and revolves around freedom of thought, originality, risk-taking, recognizing gaps in the market, being proactive, and competitively aggressive. Diverse teams are more successful than monolithic teams in these areas.

Proposed sessions

  • Invited presentations from Jubilee Global Diversity Awardees
  • Designing a successful start-up, business strategy, and business idea generation
  • Assembling a focused team for a successful venture
  • Reallocating different resources, (for example, human resource management)
  • Promoting problem-solving, creativity, and out-of-the-box thinking
  • Impact of diversity in ideation and entrepreneurial endeavors


  • Surojit Gupta, University of North Dakota, USA,
  • Valerie L Wiesner, NASA Langley Research Center, USA
  • Amanda Krause, Lehigh University, USA
  • Kristin Breder, Saint-Gobain Research North America, USA
  • Indrajit Dutta, Corning Incorporated, USA
  • Katalin Balázsi, Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, MTA EK, Hungary