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American Ceramic Society
ACerS logo.svg
Type Professional Organization
Founded 1899 [1]
Headquarters Westerville, Ohio
Area served Worldwide
Focus Ceramics
Method Conferences, Publications
Members 7500

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) is a non-profit professional organization for the ceramics community, with a focus on scientific research, emerging technologies, and current applications in which ceramic materials are a key element. It is located in Westerville, Ohio.

It currently comprises more than 7,500 members from 80 countries, with membership including engineers, scientists, researchers, manufacturers, plant personnel, educators, students, and marketing and sales representatives.



ACerS was founded in 1899 by nine members of the National Brick Manufacturer’s Association. The previous year at the association's annual convention in Pittsburgh, Elmer E. Gorton of American Terra Cotta & Ceramic Co. presented a paper entitled “Experimental Work, Wise and Otherwise." This paper was significant for being the first presented at the convention with a scientific focus, and motivated the formation of a non-commercial society dedicated to the exchange of ideas and research on the science of ceramics. The American Ceramic Society was officially formed on February 6, 1899 at its first annual meeting, which was held in Columbus, Ohio[2].


ACerS is organized into 10 divisions[3]:

  • Art focuses on the decoration and design of consumer ceramic products and the use of ceramics for artistic purposes.
  • Basic Science is concerned with studying the chemistry and physics of ceramics.
  • Cements centers on the development and manufacture of cements, limes, and plasters.
  • Electronics examines ceramic materials for use in electronic devices.
  • Engineering Ceramics deals with the use of ceramics and their composites as structural and mechanical components.
  • Glass & Optical Materials centers on the design, manufacture and use of glasses.
  • Nuclear & Environmental Technology concentrates on the use of ceramics in nuclear energy production and medicine.
  • Refractory Ceramics explores ceramics for use in high temperature and other hostile environments.
  • Structural Clay Products is concerned with the manufacture of brick, pipe, and red-body tile.
  • Whitewares and Materials concentrates on the production of whiteware products.

ACerS Classes



Keramos was founded by ACerS in 1902 as a professional fraternity of ceramic engineering. It has active chapters at University of Arizona, University of Florida, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Iowa State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rutgers University, New York State College of Ceramics, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Clemson University, and University of Washington[4].

National Institute of Ceramic Engineering

The National Institute of Ceramic Engineering works with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology to accredit collegiate programs in ceramics. Materials science and engineering programs that offer an option to specialize in ceramics are accredited by NICE in conjunction with TMS. NICE is also responsible for writing and administering the Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam in ceramics engineering[5].

Ceramic Educational Council

The Ceramic Educational Council was founded in 1938 with the goal of improving ceramics education. It is an associate member of the American Society for Engineering Education[6].



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