The purpose of the The Education and Professional Development Council (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.

For faculty working in ceramics and glass: ACerS can help you earn professional recognition, gain access to the latest technical information, and build the professional networks necessary for success. 

Learn more below about how ACerS can help advance not only your career but also your students careers by visiting Resources for Faculty.

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.).

Volunteer for the Student Mentor Program subcommittee

Do you want to help mold the ACerS Student Mentor Program? The subcommittee that manages the student mentor program is looking for volunteers willing to support and grow the program in all aspects.

Sign up below to volunteer for this valuable subcommittee.

VOLUNTEER: Student Mentor Program subcommittee

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ACerS Education and Professional Development Council (EPDC) Awards

Apply for one or more of the following EPDC awards by the annual deadline of January 15! 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


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2022-2023 Education and Professional Development Council (EPDC) Committee Representatives

2021-2023 EPDC Co-Chair

Krista Carlson

2022-2024 EPDC Co-Chair

Steven Naleway

EPDC Standing Committees

EPDC Awards Committee

Rosario Gerhardt, Chair 2018-2023
Rajendra Kumar Bordia, 2019-2024
Jürgen Rödel, 2020-2025
Santanu Das, 2021-2026
James Hemrick, 2022-2027

material advantage Committee (MAC)

Marissa Reigel
R. Allen Kimel
Edmund Moore
Amanda Krause

Accreditation Committee

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

ACerS board of directors class liaison

Elizabeth Dickey

ACerS staff liaison to the epdc

Yolanda Natividad

EPDC Mentor Program sub-committee

Amanda Krause
Ashley Hilmas
Caio Bragatto
Edmund Moore
Geoff Brennecka
HaiTao Zhang
James Hemrick
Steven Naleway
Kathryn Goetschius

Krista Carlson
Mathieu Hubert
Mike Modde
Iva Milisavljevic
Michael Thuis
Kartik Nemani
Pattiya Pibulchinda
Rebecca Straw

EPDC Collaborative Group Representatives


Geoff Brennecka
Kathleen Cissel

PResident's council of student advisors (PCSA)

Fox Thorpe
Michael Thuis

Young Professionals Network

Ashley Hampton, 2021-2023
Christopher Kassner, 2022-2024