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The Carolinas Section serves ACerS members in both North and South Carolina.

Section Officers


Chair: Jacob Jones, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Vice-Chair: Cheryl Brayman, Rauschert Industries, Charlotte, NC

Treasurer: Divine Kumah, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Secretary: Fei Peng, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Student Representative: Taylor Barrett-Crvich, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

If you would like to contact any of the Carolinas Section officers, log in and visit the ACerS online membership directory for contact details. You must be a member to access the directory. Or contact Karen McCurdy at

Meetings and Events

Carolina Section hosts happy hour at MS&T

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 5:30 p.m.

Rooftop Beer Garden at Sienna Mercato

942 Penn Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Join the Carolina Section for cocktails and networking on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at Rooftop Beer Garden at Sienna Mercato.

Save the date!

Save the date for an in-person Spring meeting the afternoon of Thursday, March 30, 2023 at Clemson University! The meeting will include both an engaging plenary presentation, student and postdoctoral researcher poster presentations, tours, and networking.

More information will be forthcoming!

May 10, 2022: Carolinas Section hosted tour, networking and student poster session at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

On May 10, 2022, ACerS members and other ceramists including students gathered at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After opening remarks by the Section Chair, Jacob Jones, Brigid Mullany, a local professor and associate dean for research, presented on the recently established Center for Additive Manufacture of Advanced Ceramics (CAMAC) that was established by a $1.25M grant from The University of North Carolina System Research Opportunities Initiative (ROI) program.

The presentation was followed by a tour of CAMAC facilities and its newly established equipment as well as a tour of the Center for Precision Metrology .

After the tours, the Carolina Section conducted a business meeting and discussed and planned future events. Finally, approximately a dozen students presented their research during a poster session.

The attendees expressed positive thoughts about the ability to attend an in-person event. The Carolinas Section aims to host at least one in-person event annually and with several additional online events, providing both forms of connectivity for its members.


December 8 virtual event: "Science and Technology of Asian Ceramics and Glass at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art."

The Carolinas Section of the American Ceramic Society hosted a unique lecture & networking event on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

Dr. Blythe McCarthy, the Andrew W. Mellon Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, presented "Science and Technology of Asian Ceramics and Glass at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art." An abstract is pasted below.

Full abstract: Ceramics and glass research at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art is undertaken to understand the technology as well as determine or confirm place of origin. Scientific studies of ceramics have been undertaken at the museum since the 1950s. Case studies of Asian ceramics and glass will be discussed, highlighting the non-destructive and microsampling methods in use at the museum today and their limitations.

Congratulations to the winner of the MS&T RegistrAtion scholarship

The Carolinas Section is pleased to announce Manira Akter was awarded a registration scholarship for the ACerS Annual Meeting at MS&T21!


The Carolinas Section hosted a  webinar on February 4, 2020, which highlighted "Electronic Ceramics in the Carolinas".

The featured speakers were:

Veronica Augustyn, Assistant Professor at NC State University. Her talk covered some of the current research in electronic ceramics, specifically the electrochemistry of transition metal oxides. Her research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of materials for electrochemical energy technologies including batteries, electrochemical capacitors, electrolyzers, and fuel cells.

Craig Nies, Senior Technical Staff at AVX Corporation, who shared his experience on electronics ceramic device materials and manufacturing. His presentation covered the major applications of ceramic technology at AVX Corporation, a major supplier of advanced electronic devices. His interests include ceramic composition and microstructural control for optimal electrical performance and reliability.

ACerS members and non-members can view the webinar below.