About Us

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) was established by The American Ceramic Society in 2014 to attract, inspire, and train the next generation of ceramic and glass professionals.  The CGIF’s mission is to help industry attract and train the highest quality talent available to work with engineered systems and products that utilize ceramic and glass materials.

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation is established as an Ohio Nonprofit Single Member Limited Liability Company and contributions to the CGIF are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  The CGIF is wholly owned by The American Ceramic Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and is treated as a disregarded entity for federal tax purposes.

Since its inception, the CGIF has launched programs in student outreach, international student exchanges, travel grants, student leadership development, a university-industry network, and its online Ceramic and Glass Career Center.


Board of Trustees

arbanas-tomTom Arbanas, Du-Co Ceramics Image-1bMadapusi Badrinarayan, Corning, Inc.
brow-richardRichard Brow, Missouri University of Science & Technology day-tedTed Day, Mo-Sci Corporation
ecdickeyElizabeth Dickey, North Carolina State University Image-4Richard Feeser, Superior Technical Ceramics
hirano-shin-ichiShin-Ichi Hirano, Shanghai Jiao Tong University houseman-jamesJames Houseman, Harrop Industries
lease-danielDaniel Lease, WT Holdings, LLC michaelis-alexanderAlexander Michaelis, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS
murray-mikeMike Murray, Morgan Advanced Materials PLC and Systems ohji-tatsukiTatsuki Ohji, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
pye-davidL. David Pye, Alfred University richardson-kathleenKathleen Richardson, University of Central Florida
rohrer-gregoryGregory Rohrer, Carnegie Mellon University rothen-lora-cooperLora Cooper Rothen, Du-Co Ceramics
semler-charlesCharles Semler, Semler Materials Services somany-shreekantShreekant Somany, Somany Ceramics LTD
Image-15Charlie Spahr, The American Ceramic Society Image-16Mary Stevenson, Deltech, Inc.
takahashi-minoruMinoru Takahashi, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., LTD wenzell-philPhil Wenzell, Allied Mineral Products
yamazaki-shunpeiShunpei Yamazaki, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., LTD