WESTERVILLE, OHIO—The American Ceramic Society (ACerS)—the leading professional organization for ceramics and glass professionals—installed Kathleen Richardson as president for 2014–2015 during its 116th Annual Meeting in October at the Materials Science and Technology 2014 conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Richardson’s goals for her presidency include engaging members more fully in the Society, building international and interdisciplinary relationships between the Society and outside constituencies, and launching the Ceramics and Glass Industry Foundation.
Richardson says, “The American Ceramic Society has much to offer its members, as well as materials scientists and engineers in other disciplines who use or work with ceramic and glass materials. We want to do a better job in getting the word out about all the Society has to offer and how diverse our membership really is.”
At UCF she runs the Glass Processing and Characterization Laboratory, where her team examines the role of structure-property relationships in bulk, planar, and fiber forms of a range of glassy optical materials. Her group has extensively researched materials for precision-molded optics, non-oxide glasses in chem-bio planar sensors, next-generation integrated opto-electronic chip design, and nanocomposite glass ceramic materials for advanced detection and gradient index optics. Prior to re-joining UCF in 2012, Richardson was Director of the School of Materials Science and Engineering and a Professor at Clemson University.
Richardson has authored more than 190 peer-reviewed publications, proceedings, and book chapters, is an ACerS Fellow, chaired the Society’s Glass and Optical Materials Division, and served as president of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers. She also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), is a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), the Society of Glass Technology and serves on the Board of Trustees at Alfred University.
Founded in 1898, The American Ceramic Society is the leading professional membership organization for ceramic and materials scientists, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, and students. The Society serves more than 9,000 members from more than 75 countries.