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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: Laura Goodman, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

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

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


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 Registrtion scholarship

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

Meetings and Events

The Carolinas Section hosted a very informative 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.