The Pittsburgh Section is the oldest ACerS section. Our geographical area encompasses the following counties of western Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren, Washington, and West Moreland.


Chair & Treasurer: Glenn McIntyre
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Counselor: Curt Zimmer

Ad Hoc: Bill Harasty

Ad Hoc: Jim Gilson

Ad Hoc: Eric Young

If you would like to contact any of the Pittsburgh Section 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.

2020 Pittsburgh Golf outing

From Bill Harasty:

Every year we look forward to our Pittsburgh Section golf outing, but this year, due to health and safety concerns, we have decided to cancel this year’s event.

With the uncertainty of business and social distancing guidelines, I can't imagine having the usual gathering that we have become accustomed to.

I hope that everyone has a safe, healthy and  prosperous year.

All of us associated with the ACerS Pittsburgh Section look forward to seeing everyone back in 2021 to support our college scholarship and for a day of great fun and fellowship.



Pittsburgh Section Annual Golf Outing 

The Pittsburgh Section of ACerS again hosted its annual golf outing on Monday, August 19, 2019, at Birdsfoot Golf Club. Participants enjoyed a complete program of special events, 18 holes of golf, cart, hot dog snack, dinner, refreshments, prizes, and awards.

The Section wishes to thank the following for donating a prize and/or sponsoring a hole:

Chiz Brothers
Fusion Ceramics Inc.
Globe Electric Co. Inc.
Henry F. Teichmann
Imerys / KT Clay
Morgan Advanced
Vanderbilt Minerals LLC
Standard Ceramic
Swindell Dressler
Thermal Max


William S. Bates Award is Presented

ACerS Pittsburgh Section presented the William S. Bates Award to Section Member Bill Harasty on Friday, April 20, 2018, at the Spouses Night Dinner, held at the Springfield Grille in Mars, PA. Toastmasters were Curt Zimmer and Glenn McIntyre.The award recognizes individuals who further the efforts of the Pittsburgh Section as well as the local community.  Bill has been active with the Section since the late 90's and has served in various positions.  In addition to being an officer, he has been Chairman of the Bleininger Award program and golf chair for many years.  Bill is the Pelletizing Product Manager at Mars Mineral.Bates, for whom the award is named, was heavily involved in the Society. He was a member of the Section for 48 years and served as Section counselor for 25 years.

Pittsburgh Section officers and past award recipients, from left: Jim Gilson, Section officer; Clem Larkin (1995); Eric Young (2011); Bill Harasty (2018); Richard Hommel (1996); Curt Zimmer, Section officer (2001); and Glenn McIntyre, Section officer.

Technical Meeting 

We are evaluating having a local technical meeting with short talks showcasing the technical work done by some local ceramic or material science companies. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Glenn McIntyre.

Future City Competition The National Engineers Week Future City Competition offers 7th and 8th grade students a resourceful way to learn about engineering. The Pittsburgh Section presents students with a cash award for "The best use of ceramics" in their displays. The judging is based on the specific inclusion of ceramic materials in the model (and the ability to identify them) and the knowledge of the group (or spokes member) of how ceramics/materials would be used in their city of the future.

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Scholarship The J. Earl Frazier Memorial Scholarship, $2000 minimum, is awarded annually to a member of a junior class at one of the colleges providing an accredited undergraduate ceramic science and/or engineering curriculum and whose home residence is within the geographical confines of the Pittsburgh Section.Scholarship Requirements | Scholarship Application Form.  For more information, contact:  Curt Zimmer, 127 Shoshone Trail, Mercer, PA, 16137  Phone: 724-475-6001   Email:

The Albert Victor Bleininger Memorial Award
The Pittsburgh Section presents this award for distinguished achievement in the field of ceramics. The Pittsburgh Section established this award in honor of one of its founders, A Charter Member and early President of The American Ceramic Society and one who contributed richly to the development of ceramics and the ceramic industry.

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