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:  Chenggang Chen, University of Dayton Research Institute

Secretary:  John Drazin, Air Force Research Laboratory

Treasurer:  Charis Lin, UES, Inc.

Social/Outreach: Donglu Shi, University of Cincinnati

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 Vicki Evans at for assistance.

Meetings and Events

The Dayton/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Section attend Dayton Dragons game

The ACerS Dayton/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Section enjoyed an afternoon of socializing and cheering on the Dayton Dragons vs the Great Lakes Loons on Sunday, July 9, 2023.

All section meeting- July 26, 2022

The annual section meeting was July 26, 2022. Members voted on new section leadership. The new leaders of the Dayton/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky are:

Chair: Chenggang Chen

Secretary: John Drazin

Treasurer: Stephanie Chapman

Social/Outreach: Donglu Shi, University of Cincinnati

The Dayton/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Section and ACS Dayton attend the Dayton Dragons game

The Dayton/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Section joined ACS Dayton to cheer on the Dayton Dragons on Sunday, April 24

Section scavenger hunt at Dayton Art Institute

On March 26, 2022, Members of section enjoyed a scavenger hunt at the Dayton Art Institute followed by a social hour at the Dayton Beer company.

Central Ohio and the Dayton/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky co-host webinar:

Growth opportunities for innovative small businesses from the Department of Defense federal research grants

May 5, 2022

The Department of Defense and ten other federal agencies provide grants to support innovative research and technology development at small companies. The primary funding mechanism is Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants. Half of the over 220 and $100M in non-dilutive funding awards that Ohio companies receive each year are from the DoD.

These awards are designed to prepare the companies and the DoD to become long term supplier-customer partners based on the technologies developed. The free services provided by Ohio Aerospace Institute help companies learn about, apply for, and participate in these programs.

This webinar will introduce the SBIR program, with a special emphasis on current research grant opportunities with the DoD. We will also introduce other tax-supported efforts to help Ohio manufacturers grow their defense-related business.

Dayton/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky hosts virtual tour of “Glass Flowers” at Harvard Natural History Museum

The Dayton/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Section kicked off the 2022 UN International Year of Glass with a virtual tour of the Glass Flowers Collection at the Harvard Museum of Natural History on January 20, 2022. To learn more about this fascinating collection, visit the website for the Harvard Museum of Natural History at

Section announces Elevator Pitch Competition

The Dayton/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Section announces its first virtual Elevator Pitch Competition for undergraduate and graduate students. Students will submit a 60 second video addressing the impact of ceramics in society (e.g., dissertation work, research project, topic learned in class, etc). The top ten entries will be selected.

Rules for submission:

  • Maximum video length of 60 seconds
  • No slides
  • Props allowed
  • Creativity is encouraged!

Please note videos will be posted to the section webpage.

Winners will receive a one year GGRN membership  (graduate students only) and $100 towards a 2022 -2023 ACerS conference (2022-2023).

Students are encouraged to complete this form ( and submit videos to Karen McCurdy (

Section hosts happy hour at the Annual Meeting at MS&T21

The Dayton/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky ACerS Section hosted a successful networking happy hour during the Annual Meeting at  MS&T 2021. More than 20 section members and friends gathered to network and congratulate newly inducted ACerS Fellow (and former section chair) Emmanuel Boakye!

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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