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Western New York Section






2018 Section Officers:

Chair:  Matt Creedon, Washington Mills

Treasurer: David Gottfried, Alfred University 

Secretary: Victoria Willard, Alfred University


Monofrax Hosts Section Meeting

The Western New York Section of ACerS held its most recent meeting at Monofrax in Falconer, NY, on Monday, December 17, 2018.

The agenda included a welcome and presentation, followed by a tour of Monofrax.  The participants later moved to a nearby restaurant for dinner.


Western New York Section Enjoys Tour and Dinner Meeting

The Western NY Section of ACerS was invited to Praxair Inc., in Tonawanda NY, on March 1, 2018, for an exciting tour and networking event. The highlight was an up-close view of the OTM Syngas Pilot Reactor. This reactor is the largest working ceramic membrane integrated syngas production system in the world. Praxair, Inc. is a leading supplier of gas products; it produces and distributes a wide range of gases, as well as high performance surface coatings.

Our group of 21 professionals, representing over a dozen companies, was treated to a catered networking event in the sleekly modern-styled Praxair Innovation Center by Max Christie, Praxair’s R&D Manager for the Ceramic Membrane Division.  Guests at the event were also given the benefit of two technical presentations: “Syngas Production with Praxair’s Oxygen Ion Conducting Ceramic Membranes” by Max Christie and “Ceramic Materials for Gas Separation” by Jonathan Lane.

Matt Creedon, chair of the Western New York Section, updated the group regarding continued efforts to fulfill our mission of bringing together people involved in the ceramics industry in Western New York to mutually support growth through education and networking. This will be accomplished through a monthly newsletter, plant tours, presentations, social events, and student scholarships. Additional thanks to the CACT for supporting in part this most recent Western New York Section event.


Section Facilitates Recent Tour and Dinner Meeting

Members of the Western New York Section met on August 1, 2017, for a plant tour of ASK Chemical Hi-Tech, LLC, in Alfred Station, New York, which was followed by dinner at Rosebush Restaurant in Alfred.  A general Section meeting was held during which a draft mission statement was discussed, as well as plans for doing student outreach using the Materials Science Classrooms Kits, which were originally developed by the ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors and distributed by The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation.


Western New York Section Holds Planning Meeting

The newly-revitalized Western New York Section held a well-attended meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 26, 2017, in conjunction with Ceramics Expo.  Following an introduction by Section Chair Matt Creedon, special guest, ACerS President Bill Lee, kicked off the meeting by welcoming everyone and outlining his vision for the Society and the Section.

Christopher Janson, Business Development Executive, NYS Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics, followed with a presentation on how the Center leverages the University at Buffalo’s cutting edge materials science and informatics expertise to foster a culture of innovation and drive critical to R&D activities that directly impact private sector growth in advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and energy.

Matt Creedon led a discussion of Section membership and all in attendance were enrolled as Section members if they weren’t a member already.  A suggestion was made to also make Material Advantage students in the region Section members as well.

Attendees discussed various ideas for future events and it was agreed that a meeting should be planned for the near future.

For questions, contact Matt Creedon at mjcreedon22@gmail.com.

Check back for upcoming meetings and events!


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