ACerS Young Professionals Network (YPN)

The Young Professionals 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 provide support, community, and leadership opportunities to members as they transition from students to successful professionals that are active members of the broader ceramic society.

Join the growing YPN community.

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.

By joining today, you will receive YPN communications that will highlight opportunities for networking, volunteering, professional development, and more.

ACerS Young Professionals Network (YPN) is guided by the YPN Steering Committee and its subcommittees. See below to find out more about these subcommittees.

Oversee the newly created YPN+1 Program.

Organize the monthly YPN Connect virtual networking events.

organize and moderate ACerS webinars on professional and personal development topics.

Create and maintain YPN events (such as the Lunch with a Professional program) offered at ACerS conferences.

Communicate current opportunities, events, and provide updates regarding the YPN's community.


Call for Nominations: 2024-2026 YPN co-chair position

The YPN Steering Committee is calling for nominations for the 2024-2026 YPN co-chair position. If you are an ACerS member who is looking to start or continue your involvement within the Society and have clear ideas about how to further the YPN's goals, please consider submitting a nomination form by Wednesday, July 31, 2024.

The current members of the YPN Steering Committee and their initiatives are listed at the bottom of this page.

YPN co-chair term and time commitments

The two YPN co-chairs serve as the primary points of contact for inquiries, provide overall coordination of activities in close contact with ACerS staff, and are responsible for reporting on YPN activities to the Board on at least an annual basis.

One co-chair will be appointed to a two-year term each year by the YPN steering committee. The term begins at the ACerS Annual Meeting each year.

The time commitment is 5-10 hours per month, with monthly meetings of the YPN throughout the year. Additional work may be required depending on activities/goals of the YPN that are specific to the co-chairs.

Additional YPN co-chair commitments

One YPN co-chair sits on the Education and Professional Development Council (EPDC).
Meeting frequency: Once a quarter

One YPN co-chair sits on the Strategic Planning and Emerging Opportunities (SPEO) standing committee.
Meeting frequency: Total of three (3) times per year (once at the ACerS Annual Meeting)

The outgoing YPN co-chair acts as the chair of the Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award Committee.
Meeting frequency: As often as is required to make an awardee selection

YPN co-chair nominees and form

Nominee(s) must be a current ACerS member. Ideally nominee(s) will be a member of the YPN who have completed their university/student career and are 40 years of age or under.

To apply, complete the YPN co-chair nomination form below by Wednesday, July 31, 2024.

For any questions, please contact Yolanda Natividad.

Interested in becoming involved in the YPN Steering Committee? Join us within one of the following YPN subcommittees: YPN+1, YPN Connect, YPN Webinars, YPN Programming, YPN Communications.

Volunteer(s) must be a current ACerS member. Ideally volunteer(s) will be a member of the YPN who have completed their university/student career and are 40 years of age or under.

To inquire and/or express interest, reach out to Yolanda Natividad with the name(s) of the subcommittees you are interested in joining.

YPN Connect - July

Join us for the upcoming ACerS YPN Connect event scheduled for Thursday, July 25, 2024 at 12:00 am EDT / 4:00 pm UTC.

This virtual event is open to both ACerS YPN members and non-members, so be sure to invite your colleagues and friends!

Register below - we look forward to seeing you there!


YPN+1 Program - NEW

Stay connected

The YPN+1 Program offers the following ways that YPN members may seek to become involved in leadership roles.

  • YPN Division Liaison
  • YPN Symposium Co-organizers

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.


Advance your Career

Volunteer with the YPN

Invaluable Connections

“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

2022-2024 Young Professionals Network (YPN) Steering Committee

2022-2024 YPN Co-Chair

Christopher Kassner, Air Force Research Laboratory

2023-2025 YPN Co-Chair

Alessandro De Zanet, Leonardo Labs


Mark Losego, Georgia Tech

David Poerschke, University of Minnesota

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

Briana Tom, Harper International

Kelsey Cannon, LM Space

Dillip Panda, Clemson University

Zhezhen Fu, Penn State Harrisburg

Lavina Backman, Naval Research Laboratory

Ashley Hampton, Allied Mineral Products

Kathryn Goetschius, Corning, Inc.

Emmanuel Rowe, Middle Tennessee State University

Ângelo Cristante, Vesuvius

Pandiyarajan Thangaraj, Indian Institute of Information Technology

Chuancheng Duan, Kansas State University

Katie Detwiler, Air Force Research Laboratory

Damandeep Kaur, Institute of Applied Physics (IFAC-CNR)

The American Ceramic Society’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) Steering Committee 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

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 2022 include:

  • YPN + 1 Initiative – launched as of January 2022!
  • YPN Connect (informal networking virtual events) – created to connect YPN members across the globe for networking opportunities outside of conference events.
  • YPN is actively helping to define and support the roll out of ACerS Strategic Initiatives.
  • Reorganization of YPN Steering Committee in order to focus on the following topics: YPN Connect, YPN+1, YPN Communications, YPN Programming, YPN Webinars

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

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