The American Ceramic Society’s Board of Directors took action in 2017 to improve ACerS efforts in education and professional development. The result was the formation of a new Class of the Society called The Education and Professional Development Council (EPDC).

The purpose of the EPDC is to stimulate, promote, and improve education and professional development within the ceramic and glass community.

The Young Professionals Network (YPN), President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA), and Keramos continue to work closely with the EPDC to coordinate efforts and meet common goals.

Join the Education and Professional Development Council (EPDC) as a member

If you have an interest in education or professional development initiatives, join us as a member of the EPDC. Additionally, EPDC members are eligible for special awards (see more information on awards below).

You may join this growing community by logging in to your ACerS Personal Snapshot and marking "EPDC" under the Interest Groups and Communities tab.

If you have any difficulties with this process, or have any additional questions please contact ACerS Customer Service at 1-866-721-3322 or 1-240-646-7054 (outside the U.S.).

ACerS Education and Professional Development Council (EPDC) Awards

Apply for one or more of the following EPDC awards! Gain visibility and recognition while building your CV with ACerS.

ACerS offers even more awards! Chances are that you may qualify for additional awards. View the entire list of awards to see which apply to you.

EPDC Rules


Download the EPDC Rules

2020-2021 Education and Professional Development Council (EPDC) Committee Representatives

2019-2022 EPDC Co-Chair

Ashley Hilmas

2021-2023 EPDC Co-Chair

Krista Carlson

EPDC Committee Representatives

EPDC Awards Committee

Rajendra Kumar Bordia, Chair 2021-2022
Rosario Gerhardt, 2018-2023
Rajendra Kumar Bordia, 2019-2024
Jürgen Rödel, 2020-2025
Miladin Radovic, 2021-2022
Santanu Das, 2021-2026

material advantage Committee (MAC)

Marissa Reigel
R. Allen Kimel
Edmund Moore
Amanda Krause

PResident's council of student advisors (PCSA)

Michael Walden
Olivia Brandt

ACerS board of directors class liaison

Darryl Butt

Accreditation Committee

Grant Norton
William Mullins
Alexis Clare
Bill Hammetter
Harrie Stevens
Darryl Butt
Janet Callahan


Geoff Brennecka
Kathleen Cissel

Young Professionals Network

Yuxuan Gong, 2020-2022
Ashley Hampton, 2021-2023

ACerS staff liaison to the epdc

Yolanda Natividad

EPDC Mentor Program sub-committee

Amanda Krause
Ashley Hilmas
Caio Bragatto
Can Agca
Edmund Moore
Geoff Brennecka

HaiTao Zhang
James Hemrick
Jessica Rimsza
Kathryn Goetschius
Mathieu Hubert
Mike Modde