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
Christine Heckel, Corning, Inc. Shin-Ichi Hirano, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
James Houseman, Harrop Industries Daniel Lease, WT Holdings, LLC
Alexander Michaelis, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS Robert Mitchell, Applied Ceramics, Inc.
murray-mikeMike Murray, Morgan Advanced Materials PLC and Systems Norm Phelps, Calderys North America
Leslie Power, Almatis, Inc. L. David Pye, Alfred University
Kathleen Richardson, University of Central Florida Gregory Rohrer, Carnegie Mellon University
Lora Cooper Rothen, Du-Co Ceramics Charles Semler, Semler Materials Services
Shreekant Somany, Somany Ceramics LTDShreekant Charlie Spahr, The American Ceramic Society
Mary Stevenson, Deltech, Inc. Todd Steyer, The Boeing Co.
takahashi-minoruMinoru Takahashi, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., LTD wenzell-philPhil Wenzell, Allied Mineral Products
yamazaki-shunpeiShunpei Yamazaki, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., LTD