One of the critical goals of this special session is to recognize Jubilee Global Diversity Awardees—exceptional early- to mid-career women and/or underrepresented minorities (based on race, ethnicity, nationality, and/or geographic location) in the area of ceramic science and engineering who will be recognized and invited to present their contributions. In addition, this session will focus on entrepreneurship and commercialization. As a background, entrepreneurship has become an important tool for job creation. More particularly, entrepreneurial process is a highly rewarding process that revolves around freedom of thoughts, originality, risk-taking, and recognizing gaps in the market, proactiveness, and competitive aggressiveness.

 Proposed session topics

  •  Jubilee Global Diversity Awardees Invited Presentation
  • Designing a successful startup, for example, business strategy and business idea generation
  • Assembling a focused team for a successful venture
  • Reallocating different resources for the same, for example human resource management
  • Promoting problem-solving, and creative and out-of-the-box thinking
  • Impact of diversity on ideation and entrepreneurial endeavors
  • Creating saleable products from research results
  • Methods and tools for fostering and retaining broad diversity in STEM with main focus to ceramic science


  • Surojit Gupta, University of North Dakota, USA,
  • Valerie L Wiesner, NASA Langley Research Center, USA,
  • Amanda Krause, University of Florida, USA
  • Kristin Breder, Saint-Gobain Research North America, USA
  • Katalin Balázsi, Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, MTA EK, Hungary
  • Phylis Makurunje, Nuclear Futures Institute, Bangor University, Wales, UK