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.

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PCSA Committees

The PCSA also has five committees which are shown below.

Organize official PCSA sponsored conference programs and competitions

Coordinate advertisement and social media managing for the PCSA

Inspire and assist young researchers to become part of the PCSA

Facilitate STEM outreach for the next generation of materials scientists and engineers, with a focus on ceramics

Professional development and community engagement group within the PCSA

2023-24 PCSA Officers

PCSA Chair

Michael Thuis, Northwestern University

Conference Programming and Competitions Committee Chair

Kavan Joshi, Lehigh University

Communications Committee Chair

Brittney Hauke, Penn State University

Recruitment and retention Committee Chair

Ruth Adam, University of Cologne


John Bussey, Washington State University

education Committee Chair

Hugh Smith, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

professional development Committee Chair

Pattiya Pibulchinda, Northwestern University

PCSA Mentor-at-large

Victoria Blair, US Army Research Laboratory

Scott McCormack, University of California, Davis

Meet the 2023-24 PCSA

The 2023-24 class of PCSA delegates consists of 38 students from 19 universities, representing 5 countries.

Left: The 2023-2024 class of delegates with past ACerS President Sanjay Mathur (center, left) and current ACerS President Raj Bordia (center, right) at the PCSA Annual Business Meeting.

2023-2024 PCSA delegates represent the following universities:

Clemson University
Colorado School of Mines
Indiana University
Instituto Tecnológico de Saltillo (Mexico)
Instituto Tecnológico de Morelia (Mexico)
Lehigh University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Northwestern University
Oklahoma State University
Purdue University
Texas A&M University

The Ohio State University
The Pennsylvania State University
University of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
University of California, Davis
University of Cologne (Germany)
University of Rennes 1 (France)
University of Virginia
Washington State University