St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society was founded in 1965.
Chair: Chris Perry, Christy Refractories 314-773-7500
Vice Chair: Zach Hall, AluChem of Little Rock, 501-486-9106
Treasurer: Patty Smith, Missouri S & T, 573-341-6265
Secretary: Ed Reeves, 314-369-1833
Counselor: Kent Weisenstein, 636-479-7770
Meetings and Events
St. Louis Section/RCD 56th Annual Symposium: March 24-25, 2021
The St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division (RCD) of The American Ceramic Society will sponsor the 56th Annual Symposium on Refractories on the theme “Properties and Performance of Refractory Ceramics – A Tribute to Richard C. Bradt” on March 24-25, 2021 and a kickoff event (TBD) will held the evening of March 23, 2021. The meeting will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. Co-program chairs are Kelley Wilkerson and Jeff Smith of Missouri University of Science and Technology. A partial list of presenters is below.
The Tabletop Expo format is the same as previous years, with each vendor having a 6-foot table to display products and literature. The charge is $300, which will be used to cover the cost of the Expo Hall and provide an open two hour bar during the “Meet and Greet” for the attendees prior to the dinner buffet on Wednesday evening. If you are interested in participating in the Tabletop Expo, contact Patty Smith at (573) 341-6265 or email@example.com.
Please note that a meeting of the ASTM International C-8 Committee on Refractories will be held on March 23th, before this joint St. Louis Section/RCD conference. Contact Melissa Marcinowski at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this meeting.
The pre-registration fee of $225.00 or on-site registration fee of $275.00 ($125.00 for Emeritus/Seniors and $50.00 for students) includes the cost of your bound copy of the Symposium Technical Papers, Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Coffee Breaks.
A block of rooms has been set aside for the evenings of March 22-26, 2021 at the Hilton (314) 426-5500. The rate is $115 a single or double. To receive the $115 rate mention the Group Name: St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society when making your reservation.
All hotel reservations must be received on or before February 21, 2021.
For further information please contact Patty Smith at: (573) 341-6265, Fax: (573) 341-2071 or email: email@example.com.
St. Louis Section/Refractory Ceramics Division 55th Annual Symposium of Refractories
The St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society held its 55th Annual Symposium on Refractories on the theme “Shaped Refractories” on March 27-28, 2019 (click here) to view the event program.
St. Louis Section Holds Fall Meeting
The St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society held its fall meeting on Friday, November 2, 2018, at Matt's Steakhouse in Rolla, MO.
The meeting began with a tour of Mo-Sci Corporation, a world leader in high-quality precision glass technology. Following networking and dinner, the featured speaker was Dr. Kathy Flores, Director of the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.
St. Louis Section/RCD 54th Annual Symposium of Refractories: March 20 - 22, 2018
The St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society sponsored the 54th Annual Symposium on Refractories on the theme “Refractories for the Cement, Glass, and Minerals Manufacturing Industry” on March 21-22, 2018. View full program here. The meeting took place in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. Co-program chairs were Andrew Domann of Bucher Emhart Glass and Steven Ashlock of Kyanite Mining Corporation.
The Theodore J. Planje - St. Louis Refractories Award Winners
2019 Winner: Dr. Dana Goski, Ph.D., Allied Mineral Products, Inc.
2018 Winner: Nancy Bunt, Kerneos Aluminate Technologies
2017 Winner: Andreas Buhr, Almatis GmbH
2016 Winner: Bjørn Myhre, Elkem Silicon Materials
2015 Winner: Victor C. Pandolfelli, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil
2014 Winner: Jeffrey D. Smith, Missouri University of Science and Technology
2013 Winner: J.P. Willi, Sunset Refractory Services, LLC
2012 Winner: Rick Volk, UNI-REF, Inc.
2011 Winner: Rob Crolius - The Refractories Institute
2010 Winner: James L. Hill, Retired - ANH Refractories
2009 Winner: James W. Stendera, Vesuvius USA
Nomination deadline for 2021 Award: December 1, 2020
In December 1967, the St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society announced the establishment of "The St. Louis Refractories Award." This has been provided in Article XII of the by-laws of the St. Louis Section "for the purpose of recognizing and honoring distinguished achievement in the refractories field."
In March 1982, the St. Louis Section voted to amend Article XII of the by-laws. The award was renamed "The Theodore J. Planje -- St. Louis Refractories Award" in honor of his many contributions.
Nominations received after December 1, 2020 will be held for the following year. To request a nomination form, please contact Patty Smith at P: (573) 341-6265, F: (573) 341-6151.