ACerS President's Council of Student Advisors (PCSA) is the student-led committee of ACerS responsible for representing student interests to ACerS and its subsidiary committees, divisions, sections, and classes. The PCSA is the primary face of ACerS to ceramics and materials science students. The role of the PCSA delegate is to represent their collegiate institution to PCSA, as well as representing the PCSA and ACerS to their academic department.

PCSA Mission

The mission of PCSA is to engage students as active and long-term leaders in the ceramics community and to increase participation in ACerS at the local, national, and international levels.

PCSA Goals

  • To coordinate student-focused ceramic programming at technical meetings.
  • To develop and implement ceramics-focused outreach activities.
  • To facilitate industry-student relations.
  • To promote ceramic science and engineering at the university and local levels.
  • To provide a way for students and young professionals to become and remain
    actively engaged as leaders in the ceramic materials community.

ACerS PCSA Day in the Life (DITL) video compilation

Delegates from the ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA) worked to put together Day in the Life (DITL) videos to give some insight into the life of students in higher education. The video shown above is a compilation of the 10+ DITL videos created by the PCSA. To view the individual videos, go to and check out their stories.

PCSA Committees

The PCSA also has five committees which are shown below.

Organize official PCSA sponsored programs: contests and activities

Increase the visibility of ceramic and glass materials science

PCSA delegate recruitment

Organize ways to communicate the concepts of ceramic and glass to K-12 and the general public

Connect and collaborate with materials science related organizations, both domestic and international

2019-20 PCSA Officers

PCSA Chair

Victoria Christensen, University of California, Santa Barbara

Programming Committee Chair

Michael Walden, Colorado School of Mines

Communications Committee Chair

Erin Valenzuela, University of Birmingham

Recruitment Committee Chair

Katelyn Kirchner, The Pennsylvania State University

Outreach Committee Chair

Andrew Ericks, University of California, Santa Barbara

External Partnerships Committee Chair

Andrew Jacobs, University of Dayton

PCSA Mentor-at-large

Victoria Blair, US Army Research Laboratory

Meet the 2019-20 PCSA

The 2019-20 class of PCSA delegates consists of 42 students from 28 universities, representing 5 countries.

2019-2020 PCSA delegates represent the following universities:

Alfred University
Boise State University
Case Western Reserve University
Colorado School of Mines
Cornell University
Florida International University
Gazi University (Turkey)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Northwestern University
Purdue University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Texas A&M University
The Pennsylvania State University
University of Birmingham (United Kingdom)

University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Central Florida
University of Dayton
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Michigan
University of New South Wales (Australia)
University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Washington State University

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