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, HarbisonWalker International

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 Marilyn Stoltz at for assistance.


Pittsburgh Section members participate in Pittsburgh Region Future City competition

On Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, Glenn McIntyre, Harbison Walker International, Mark Morelock, Chiz Brother, Eric Young and Bill Harasty, participated in the Pittsburgh Region Future City competition.

Future City is a hands-on cross-curricular educational program that brings Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to life for students in grades 6 through 8. This years focus was on Climate Change Challenges.

Entries are judged and give a cash prize Special Award for the Best Use of Ceramics. This years winner was from Marion Center Sr./Jr. High. The teams are generally made up of four student presenters and a few student helpers, along with an engineering mentor and teacher. Marion Center only had one student participant, Carson Carnahan, who did everything.


ACerS Pittsburgh Section Annual 2022 Golf Outing Photos and Results

Thank you to all who participated in the Annual Pittsburgh Golf Outing. A few minutes of rain, did not stop us from having a great day! Many thanks to the following hole sponsors for their support:

Chiz Brothers
Fusion Ceramics Inc.
Harbison Walker International
Henry F. Teichmann
Imerys / KT Clay
Northern Graphite Corp
Standard Ceramic
Swindell Dressler

If you would like to assist with organizing next year's golf outing or become involved in the Pittsburgh Section, please contact Glenn McIntyre or Bill Harasty.

Resized First Place
Resized Second place
Resized Third Place

First Place Team: Ryan Deatrick, Mike Marasco, Joe Bruce and Robert Christenson.

Second Place Team: Rob Conn, Leslie Fenwick and Mike Neiport

Third Place Team: Dan Gahagan, Lynda Harasty, Bill Harasty and Todd Barson

01 - Closest to pin - Mike Marasco
02 - Long Putt - Joe Bruce
03 - Long drive - Dan Gahagan

Closest to the pin- Mike Marasco

Long putt-Joe Bruce

Long Drive- Dan Gahagan

05 - Putting contest winner - Mike Neiport
04 - Closest to the pin - Rob Conn

Putting contest winner- Mike Neiport

Closest to the pin- Rob Conn

2021 Pittsburgh Section Annual Golf Outing

The Pittsburgh Section of ACerS Annual Golf Outing returned on Monday, September 13 at Lenape Heights Golf Resort. Participants enjoyed a complete program of special events, 18 holes of golf, cart, hot dog snack, dinner, refreshments, prizes, and awards.

Thank you to Fiven North America, Inc for sponsoring the $10,000 Hole in One. Golfers enjoyed competing for the $10,000 Hole in One even if no one took home the prize.

Thank you to the hole sponsors:

Chiz Brothers                              Fusion Ceramics, Inc
HarbisonWalker International    Henry F. Teichmann
Imerys / KT Clay                         Morgan Advanced Materials
Standard Ceramic                      Swindell Dressler
Thermal Max

Congratulations to all of the winners:

First Place:

Robert Christensen
Michael Marasco
Joe Bruce
Chad Wood

Putting Contest Winner:

Jim Wright



Second Place:

Bill Burns
Brad Good


Skill Prize Winners:

Dan Gahagan – closest to the pin and longest putt
Todd Zehmisch – longest drive
Tom Arbanas – closest to the pin

Third Place:

Tom Arbanas
Rich Zolinas
Brian Forester
Brel Saiber

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2019 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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