The Dayton/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Section of The American Ceramic Society encompasses the following counties:

Ohio Counties: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Pike, Scioto, Shelby, and Warren

Kentucky Counties: Anderson, Bath, Boone, Bourbon, Boyd, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Carter, Clark, Elliott, Fayette, Fleming, Franklin, Gallatin, Grant, Greenup, Harrison, Henry, Jefferson, Kenton, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, Rowan, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, and Woodford


Chair:  Derek King

Secretary:  Ashley Hilmas

Treasurer:  Kara Martin

Social Chair: Tusli Patel

If you would like to contact any of the Dayton/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky officers, visit the ACerS online membership directory for contact details. You must be a member to access the directory. Or contact Karen McCurdy at for assistance.

Meetings and Events

The Section officers want to hear from you! A survey was recently emailed to section members. Please share your feedback and complete the survey by April 23, 2021.

The annual section meeting was March 4, 2021. Members voted on new officers and established a Social Outreach leadership position. The new officers are listed below. 

Dr. Derek King – President
Dr. Ashley Hilmas – Secretary
Dr. Kara Martin – Treasurer
Dr. Tulsi Patel – Outreach

The meeting minutes can be viewed here

Rookwood Pottery Tour a Success

On Friday, December 6, 2019, the Dayton/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Section enjoyed  an afternoon tour of the Rookwood Pottery Company in Cincinnati, Ohio.   The tour lasted 50 minutes, and participants enjoyed shopping afterward.

University of Dayton hosts Section

The Dayton/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Section of ACerS held its most recent meeting on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at the Shroyer Park Center at the University of Dayton Research Institute.  Craig Przybyla of the Air Force Research Lab was the keynote speaker with the talk “Environmental Barrier Coatings”.  The informative talk followed a tour of the Research Institute’s facilities and a social/networking hour.

Inaugural Meeting Well-Attended!

More than 40 ACerS members in the region attended the inaugural meeting of the ACerS Dayton/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Section which was held on August 23, 2018, at UES in Dayton. Jim Steibel, a consulting engineer at GE Aviation in Cincinnati, gave the keynote presentation about the exciting things GE Aviation is doing with ceramic matrix composites in gas turbine engines.

Following a social hour during which attendees enjoyed light appetizers and beverages provided by our host, UES, a tour of the facility was available to participants. A brief business meeting was held and Section officers were voted upon and approved by the membership. The Section’s Bylaws were also approved.

The purpose of this ACerS Section is to support networking in our local community of ceramics professionals. The Section is open to all ACerS members in the Ohio and Kentucky counties listed above.

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