Pittsburgh Section | The American Ceramic Society

Pittsburgh Section

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 and Treasurer: Glenn McIntyre

Counselor: Curt Zimmer

Ad Hoc: Bill Harasty

Ad Hoc: Jim Gilson


Pittsburgh Section Annual Golf Outing

The Pittsburgh Section of ACerS hosted its annual golf outing (4-person scramble) on Monday, September 17, 2018, at Birdsfoot Golf Club, 2225 Furnace Run Road, Freeport, PA 16229.

Participants enjoyed a complete program of special events, 18 holes of golf, cart, hot dog snack, dinner, refreshments, prizes, and awards.  Activities included:

• Putting challenge on the practice green
• Longest drive
• Closest to the pin
• 50/50
• and prizes for all!


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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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:  cezimmer@zoominternet.net

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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