One of the critical goal of this special session is to recognize Jubilee Global Diversity Awardees where exceptional early- to mid-career professionals who are women and/or underrepresented minorities (i.e. based on race, ethnicity, nationality and/or geographic location) in the area of ceramic science and engineering will recognized, and consequently 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 which 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 start-up, for example, business strategy, and business idea generation
  • Assembling a focused team for a successful venture
  • To reallocate different resources for the same, for example human resource management
  • Promoting problem-solving and creative out-of-the-box thinking


Symposium Organizers
  • Surojit Gupta, University of North Dakota, USA
  • Valerie L Wiesner, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA
  • Amanda Krause, University of Florida, USA
  • Emmanuel Maillet, GE Research, USA
  • Thiyagarajan Natarajan, Applied Materials, USA