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

Section Officers


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

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

Secretary: Fei Peng, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Treasurer: Tedi-Marie Usher-Ditzian, SCHOTT North America, Inc.

Industry Representative: Charles Lakeman, SCHOTT North America, Inc.

D & I Representative: Cheryl Xu, North Carolina State University

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 Vicki Evans at

Meetings and Events
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Carolinas Section to host Frontiers of Ceramics & Glass Webinar

Sponsored by the ACerS Carolinas Section, the September 27, 2023, webinar will feature two presentations, "Technical Innovation in Bioceramic Design Principles for Regenerative Medicine Applications" presented by Ahmed El-Ghannam, Ph.D., Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Laboratories Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, UNC Charlotte, and "ZPTA ceramic bearing surfaces as a preferred choice in joint arthroplasty?" presented by Dr. Alan Porporati Director, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Medical Products Division,  CeramTec GmbH.

For more information visit the link here and to register for the webinar, visit the link here.

Carolinas Section 2023 Annual Meeting and
Invited Presentations On: Advances in Processing and Performance of Functional Ceramics

Sponsored by the American Ceramic Society's Carolina Section and the Department of MSE at Clemson

The annual meeting of the ACerS Carolinas Section was held March 30, 2023 at the Advanced Materials Research Lab (AMRL), Clemson University.

Section chair Jacob Jones of North Carolina State University, and Kyle Brinkman, Chair of the Department of MSE at Clemson gave welcome remarks prior to invited presentations from Hai Xiao of Clemson University, Lily Yang, NC State University, and Kevin Huang, University of South Carolina.

Elizabeth Hoffman, Director of Innovation and University Engagement Programs at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) gave a presentation on research opportunities at SRNL.

Visit this link for more photos of the event.

The student poster winners were:

First Place Co-winners:
Mary-Ann Cahoon, Clemson University
Thermal evolution of Yb-Doped BaF 2 Nanoparticles for Silica Optical Fiber

Ningxuan Wen, Clemson University
Reinforcement Learning-based Inverse Design on Thermal Metamaterial

Second Place Co-winners:
Xiao Geng, Clemson University
Machine Learning-Based, Inverse Microstructure Prediction From Hardness For Laser-Sintered Alumina

Xin Wang, University of Tennesse Kentucky
Phase Selectivity and Stability in Compositionally Complex Nano (nA1/n)Co2O4

Sujithra Chandrasekaran, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Effect of concentration of NaOH on density and strength of SiC at high compact pressure


Happy hour at MS&T

Members of the Carolina Section gathered for networking during the recent ACerS Annual Meeting at MS&T in Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

MS&T happy hour

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.