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Northern Ohio Section

The Northern Ohio Section of The American Ceramic Society encompasses the northeastern region of Ohio, including the counties of Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Harrison, Holmes, Huron, Jefferson, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, and Wayne.


Northern Ohio Section Officers 2018

Chair:  Alp Sehirlioglu

Vice Chair: Valerie Wiesner

Treasurer: Dennis Fox

Secretary: Mike Dowell



Northern Ohio Section Enjoys Great Turn-out for Networking Event in Cleveland


The Northern Ohio Section of ACerS held its meeting and networking event on May 2, 2018, at the Cleveland Airport Marriott to coincide with Ceramics Expo.  The many participants took advantage of the opportunity to connect with old friends and to establish new contacts, while enjoying delicious hors d’oeurves and beverages with both Section members and non-members.


Dr. Johannes  Homa, CEO and co-founder of Lithoz GmbH, provided an extremely interesting presentation entitled, “Ceramic Additive Manufacturing: A Reality Check.”


            Dr. Johannes Homa

 Attendees enjoying Dr. Homa’s presentation



October Section Meeting Featured Dennis Fox

ACerS Northern Ohio Section treasurer Dennis Fox was the guest speaker at a joint dinner meeting of the local chapters of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) and the American Society for Metals (ASM) on October 27, 2017.  The first part of the presentation encompassed a history of the Research Center itself, dating back to 1941.  This was followed by a summary of GRC’s ground-breaking work in applying ceramic matrix composite materials to the hot sections of aerospace gas turbine engines.  This includes the in-house development of environmental barrier coatings critical to protecting silicon carbide-based materials from attack by the combustion products, specifically water vapor. Approximately 40 total members from both organizations were in attendance. 



 ACerS Member Dennis Fox was the  featured speaker at the Northern Ohio Section Meeting




Section News            

The Section congratulates our Student Representative, newly-minted Dr. Devesh Dadhich Shreeram of the University of Akron, who will be pursuing his career in Idaho, and our Vice-President Valerie Wiesner of NASA Glenn, who will be gaining responsibilities at NASA Langley. We have a few good ceramists! We always look for more.


Top Employers

56% of Northern Ohio ACerS members work for 9 employers:

   NASA Glenn
   Momentive Materials
   Case Western Reserve University
   University of Akron
   General Electric
   Morgan Advanced Materials


Top Schools

 More than 90% of student members are at 4 schools:

   Case Western Reserve University
   University of Akron
   Youngstown State University
   College of Wooster


Section Officers Enjoy Ceramics Expo!


Northern Ohio Section members were able to enjoy all of the offerings of Ceramics Expo, which was held in Cleveland, April 25-27, 2017.


     From left: Dennis Fox, Valerie Wiesner, Alp Sehirlioglu, Ryan Paul, and Mike Dowell.



Revitalization Meeting Held February 27, 2017

Following a period of dormancy, the Northern Ohio Section is back in action! The Section Officers, elected in January, are eager to revitalize the Section and are in the midst of planning activities.  Among the ideas under consideration: student outreach events, technical meetings, and a pre-MS&T (Pittsburgh) gathering in October.  Please contact one of the officers if you are interested in Section membership, local activities, or volunteering opportunities. 




Check back for upcoming meetings!

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