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
If you would like to contact any of the St. Louis 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Meetings and Events
The St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society will sponsor the 56th Annual Symposium on Refractories Virtual Meeting on the theme “Properties and Performance of Refractory Ceramics – A Tribute to Richard C. Bradt” on March 24-25, 2021.
Registration rate: $65
Student registration rate: Free
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.