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.

2018-2019 Officers, Board of Trustees

Richard Feeser, Chair
Superior Technical Ceramics
St. Albans, VT

Steve Houseman, Treasurer
Harrop Industries, Inc.
Columbus, OH

Mark Mecklenborg, Secretary
The American Ceramic Society        Westerville, OH

Tom Arbanas, Chair-elect
Du-Co Ceramics
Saxonburg, PA

Ted Day, Immediate Past Chair
Mo-Sci Corporation
Rolla, MO

Martha Mecartney, ACerS Board Representative
University of California, Irvine


2018-2019 Board of Trustees

Geoff Brennecka
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO

Richard Brow
Missouri S&T University
Rolla, MO

Elizabeth Dickey
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Ulrich Georg Fotherinham
Schott AG
Mainz, Germany

Takashi Goto
Tohoku University
Miyagi, Japan

Christine Heckle
Corning Incorporated
Corning, NY

Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem
University of Adelaide, Australia

James Houseman
Harrop Industries, Inc.
Columbus, OH

Mike Ingram
McDanel Advanced Ceramics
Beaver Falls, PA

Robert "Bobby" Mitchell
Applied Ceramics, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

Norm Phelps
Plibrico Company, LLC
Roswell, GA

Leslie Power
Leetsdale, PA

Lora Cooper Rothen
Du-Co Ceramics
Saxonburg, PA

Charles Semler
Semler Materials Services
Chandler, AZ

Bryn Snow
HarbisonWalker Intl
Moon Township, PA

Mary Stevenson
Deltech, Inc.
Denver, CO

Todd Steyer
The Boeing Company
Huntington Beach, CA

Dan Tipsord
Trans-Tech Inc.
Middletown, MD

Phil Wenzell
Allied Mineral Products
Columbus, OH 43221