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Geoff Brennecka, Principal member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, N.M. I am honored to be a candidate for the ACerS Board of Directors, and look forward to helping guide the future of the organization and associated community that has given me so many Brennecka friends, colleagues, and opportunities. My passion for electrical ceramics began in middle school when I first learned about superconductors, but it was my interactions with the Society via the local Student Branch (now Material Advantage) and the ACerS/NICE Student Congress while an undergraduate that introduced and welcomed me to the ACerS family. Throughout the ensuing 17 years, many of my Society efforts have focused on promoting engagement and leadership opportunities for students and young professionals. I am particularly excited about the newly established Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation and what it will mean for the continued vibrancy of our community and Society within the evolving materials landscape. I am currently in the officer chain for the Electronics Division and have served the Society as chair of the Education Integration Committee, president of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers, organizer of several technical symposia, member or chair of multiple award committees, and mentor to each after helping launch both the President’s Council of Student Advisors and the Young Professionals Network. I am proud to call ACerS my professional home, relish the opportunity to work with my colleagues on the Board, and would be interested in hearing your ideas about how ACerS can better serve all of our members. Biography: B.S. and M.S., ceramic engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology); Ph.D., materials science and engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Brennecka, the principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, was previously an adjunct professor at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and his alma mater (Missouri S&T). He is the 2010 recipient of ACerS Emerging Leader Award. n Michael L. Alexander, Vice president–Research, Riverside Refractories Inc., Pell City, Ala. The ACerS bylaws state that the structure of the Board of Directors should be representative of the Society’s diverse interests. As a manufacturer, I will bring this perspective to the Board. I am aware of the challenges that Alexander manufacturers face, from raw-material supply and cost, labor force availability, government regulations, and the need for technically trained support staff. As a manufacturer with global interaction and as part of our long-term plan, there arises a need to develop synergy amongst academics, manufacturing, and societies. Promoting a cooperative spirit is important in order to increase participation, and move groups forward to accomplish a common goal. In the past two decades, I have learned that getting involved is the best way to achieve the greatest good in belonging to ACerS. With the Refractory Ceramics Division, I have been participating in Materials Camp at MS&T to create an awareness of refractories engineering to young students. I want to encourage others to get involved, and to pass along the passion to develop a career in ceramics, and hopefully, refractories. Biography: B.S., ceramic engineering, Alfred University Alexander, vice president of research at Riverside Refractories Inc., began his career there in 1988 as technical sales manager, and was promoted to his current position in 1995. He previously worked for Ferro Corp. and the Quigley Company. Alexander has spent most of his career around blast furnaces, with a focus on trough and taphole materials. He is a member of the Refractory Ceramics Division and served as RCD chair from October 2007 to March 2009. Alexander also has served on the ACerS meetings and Jeppson Award committees, as well as on the Ceramic Leadership Summit Advisory Group and the international executive board for UNITECR. n ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS FOR POWDER COMPACTION Gasbarre | PTX-Pentronix | Simac HIGH SPEED, MECHANICAL, AND HYDRAULIC POWDER COMPACTION PRESSES FOR UNPRECEDENTED ACCURACY, REPEATABILITY, AND PRODUCTIVITY MONOSTATIC AND DENSOMATIC ISOSTATIC PRESSES FEATURING DRY BAG PRESSING 814.371.3015 www.gasbarre.com American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 93, No. 5 | www.ceramics.org 13


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