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 was 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.

2020-2021 Board Officers

Mary Stevenson, Chair
Deltech, Inc.
Denver, CO

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

Mark Mecklenborg, Secretary
The American Ceramic Society        Westerville, OH

Todd Steyer, Chair-elect
The Boeing Company
Huntington Beach, CA

Thomas Arbanas, Immediate Past Chair
Du-Co Ceramics Company
Saxonburg, PA

2020-2021 Board of Trustees

Geoff Brennecka
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO

Richard Brow
Missouri S&T University
Rolla, MO

Alex Cozzi
Savannah River National Lab, Aiken, SC

Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem
University of Adelaide, Australia

Richard Feeser
Superior Technical Ceramics (Ret.)
Hertford, NC

Leslie Fenwick-Beiter
Almatis, Inc.
Leetsdale, PA

Ulrich Georg Fotherinham
Schott AG
Mainz, Germany

Takashi Goto
Tohoku University
Miyagi, Japan

James Houseman
Harrop Industries, Inc.
Columbus, OH

Mike Ingram
McDanel Advanced Ceramics
Beaver Falls, PA

John Kieffer
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Jeff Kohli
Corning, Inc.
Painted Post, NY

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

Nola Pearce
ETS Tech-Ops
Rochester, NY

Norm Phelps
Plibrico Company, LLC
Roswell, GA

Lora Cooper Rothen
Du-Co Ceramics
Saxonburg, PA

Charles Semler
Semler Materials Services
Chandler, AZ

Bryn Snow
HarbisonWalker Intl
Moon Township, PA

Dan Tipsord
Trans-Tech Inc.
Middletown, MD

Phil Wenzell
Allied Mineral Products
Columbus, OH 43221