The Young Professional Network (YPN) is designed for ACerS members who have completed their terminal degree or are 25 years of age and up to 40 years of age.

Expand your circle through ACerS Young Professionals Network (YPN)

The American Ceramic Society’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) aims to:

  • Attract and retain young professionals as members of The American Ceramic Society
  • Connect young professionals with opportunities to actively contribute and take on leadership roles in the Society
  • Create a technical and social network amongst young professionals within the Society
  • Provide opportunities for professional development training of relevance to young professionals
  • Facilitate networking between YPN members and senior leaders in the ceramics and glass communities

Join the growing YPN community

If you have completed your terminal degree and/or are between the ages of 25-40, you are encouraged to join the ACerS Young Professionals Network (YPN).

You may join this growing community by logging in to your ACerS Personal Snapshot and marking "Young Professionals Network (YPN)" under the Interest Groups and Communities tab.

Young Professionals Network (YPN) Opportunities

Connect with YPN members

ACerS Member Community

Join us in the Young Professionals Network group within the ACerS Member Community.


Join us in the ACerS Young Professionals Network (YPN) group.

Make connections with young professionals from around the globe!

Young Professional Awards

Apply for one or more of the following awards that are specifically geared towards young professionals! Gain visibility and recognition while building your CV with ACerS.

ACerS offers even more awards! While the above apply specifically to young professionals, chances are that you may qualify for additional awards. View the entire list of awards to see which apply to you.

“The connections that I’ve made through The American Ceramic Society have been invaluable. I highly encourage anyone to get involved with the Society.”

Geoff Brennecka, Colorado School of Mines

2021-2022 Young Professionals Network (YPN) Steering Committee

2020-2022 YPN Co-Chair

Yuxuan Gong, JELD WEN, Inc.

2021-2023 YPN Co-Chair

Ashley Hampton, Allied Mineral Products


Mark Losego, Georgia Tech

James LeBeau, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Charmayne Lonergan, Pacific Northwest National

David Poerschke, University of Minnesota

Shiv Prakash Singh, International Advanced Research Center for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI)

Rafael Jaramillo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kathryn Goetschius, Corning, Inc.

Usman Liaqat, National University of Sciences and Technology

Emmanuel Rowe, Middle Tennessee State University

Ângelo Cristante, Reno Refractories, Inc.

Chuancheng Duan, Kansas State University

The YPN Steering Committee is composed of members who are actively engaged in identifying and executing specific activities and tasks to further the goals of the YPN within any given year, as determined by the YPN co-chairs.

The YPN’s initiatives for 2021 include:

  • YPN + 1 Initiative – more details to come on this new program!
  • YPN Coffee/Mixer virtual events – created to connect YPN members across the globe for networking opportunities outside of conference events.
  • Super Member / Moderator – these roles offer opportunities to grow the YPN’s presence within the online ACerS Member Community.
  • YPN is actively helping to define and support the roll out of ACerS Strategic Initiatives.

Ongoing YPN initiatives include:

  • Lunch/Network with a Professional – offered in conjunction with a variety of ACerS conferences throughout the year.
  • Webinars – offered under the ACerS Professional Skills and Personal Development Webinar Series, the YPN organizes several webinar offerings throughout the year.
  • Collaboration - The YPN Steering Committee strives to work with groups such as the PCSA, to co-organize programs and events, as well as to more clearly define a path from student to young professional.
  • Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award

Become an Individual or Associate Member

If you are a recent graduate, ACerS can help you succeed by offering you a FREE Associate Membership.

By becoming an ACerS Individual or Associate Member, you’ll have access to valuable resources that will benefit you now and throughout your career.