Alfred University, in conjunction with the Alfred’s Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology, welcomed 30 members of AACCM, representing 14 member companies, on September 14, 2023. The prior evening the members enjoyed dinner overlooking Lake Keuka, one of the Finger Lakes. The September 14th program began with the semi-annual AACCM meeting, including the introduction of new member companies ASK Chemical/Hi-Tech Ceramics and AmExStra, Inc, confirmation of new officers for the2024/2025 term, and updates from Mark Mecklenborg and Marcus Fish on what’s new at the American Ceramic Society. Next on the agenda was an update on Alfred’s ceramic engineering program by Dean Gabrielle Gaustad, followed by a series of technical presentations from department faculty outlining ongoing research in the areas of energy storage, ceramics in hypersonic applications, additive manufacturing and the latest tools in computational design.
Following the presentations, AACCM welcomed undergraduate and graduate students from the ceramic engineering program for lunch, where each member company provided a brief company overview. The working lunch was followed by a networking period. Next on the agenda was a tour of university and CACT laboratory and test facilities. The final event was a tour of new member ASK Chemical/Hi-Tech Ceramics’ facility in Alfred Station. It was a very interesting and informative day, with a very nice dinner the evening beforehand.