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:  Tulsi Patel, Air Force Research Laboratory 

Secretary:  Ashley Hilmas, United States Air Force

Treasurer:  Kara Martin, Ues, Inc. at Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson

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

Section Happy Hour at MS&T21- New location!

The section will host a happy hour at MS&T.

All section members–professionals and students–are invited to this event. We will also celebrate the induction of former section officer, Emmanuel Boakye to the 2021 class of ACerS fellows. Beverages and appetizers are provided.

Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Location: Barley’s Brewing Company

467 North High St
Columbus, OH 43215

Please RSVP at this Google Form.

Virtual Ceramic Trivia and Cocktail Hour

The Dayton/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Section and members from all Ohio sections enjoyed a virtual Ceramic Trivia and Cocktail Hour on Wednesday, July 14. Fellow Ohioans and ceramists joined together for  virtual fun, tested their ceramic knowledge, and networked with fellow Buckeyes. Trivia topics included ceramic knowledge, ACerS questions, and Ohio fun facts. 


Section annual meeting

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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