President's Council of Student Advisors (PCSA) | The American Ceramic Society

President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA)

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.  The PCSA developed the first version of the Materials Science Classroom Kits in fall 2013.
  • 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.
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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

2018-19 PCSA Officers

PCSA Chair

Scott McCormack, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Programming Committee Chair

Michael Walden, Colorado School of Mines

Communications Committee Chair

Kimiko Nakajima, University of California, Davis

Recruitment Committee Chair

Adrianna Lupercio, Boise State University

Outreach Committee Co-Chairs

Peter Meisenheimer, University of Michigan; and
Christopher Kassner, University of Virginia

External Partnerships Committee Chair

Tyler Grant, University of Virginia

Meet the 2018-19 PCSA

The 2018-19 class of PCSA delegates consists of 46 students from 30 universities, representing 8 countries.

2018-2019 PCSA delegates represent the following universities:

Alfred University
Boise State University
Brown University
Case Western Reserve University
Colorado School of Mines
Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (Switzerland)
Florida International University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (India)
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Oklahoma State University
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
The Ohio State University

The Pennsylvania State University
The University of Virginia
Tohoku University, Institute for Materials Research (Japan)
Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia)
University of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Santa Barbara
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
Washington State University