Du-Co donates robotic equipment

Du-Co Ceramics Company Donates Robotics Equipment for the Mars Area Youth.

Du-Co Ceramics Company was pleased to have the opportunity to donate robotics equipment for the Mars area youth, which will be utilized through their robotics program, the Mars Robotics Association.  Several students and faculty members from the program came to Du-Co to pick up the “Baxter Robots”.  The program leaders plan to utilize the equipment in furthering the education of these young individuals in the technologies utilized in manufacturing, so that they too will be successful in their futures!  Please visit www.marsroboticsassociation.org to learn more about their program and what they do.

Du-Co Holiday Hours

Du-Co Ceramics Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours of Operation.

Du-Co Ceramics will be closed on the following dates:

Thanksgiving – 11/25 and 11/26

Christmas Plant Shutdown – 12/24 through 1/2/22. Regular hours of operation resume Monday, 1/3/22

Ray Livingston

Welcoming Ray Livingston as our Maintenance Supervisor

Please join Du-Co Ceramics in welcoming our new Maintenance Supervisor, Ray Livingston. We greatly appreciate Ray keeping up with the day-to-day tasks required to keep our plant running smoothly since his arrival in May. As a well-rounded man inside and outside of the plant, you can find Ray reading books or lifting weights when not at work. We’re happy to have Ray as part of the team.

Vickie Giesbrecht

Du-Co Ceramics welcomes Second Shift Supervisor

DuCo Ceramics is pleased to announce Vickie Giesbrecht has accepted the role of Second Shift Supervisor.  With Vickie’s past experience in management positions, strong work ethic and positive attitude she has proven to be a valuable member of the DuCo production team.  Congratulations to Vickie in your new position!

Victoria Blair Du-Co Ceramics Award Winner

Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award winner for 2021

Dr. Victoria L. Blair is a Materials Engineer at DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory (ARL), at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. She received her BS in ceramic engineering and PhD in ceramics from Alfred University (New York State College of Ceramics) in 2008 and 2014, respectively. Dr. Blair joined ARL as a post-doctoral fellow in June 2014 and has conducted research on processing functional materials for solid-state batteries and laser gain media. Dr. Blair’s current research area is focused on transparent ceramics for Army applications, including ceramic windows and domes. Dr. Blair currently serves as an ARL technical lead for high temperature materials. In 2020, Dr. Blair earned the ARL Early Career Award, which is awarded to exceptional scientists at the onset of their career and includes financial support for a new research area.

Dr. Blair has been a member of ACerS since 2007, when she first joined Material Advantage as a student. In 2008, she supported the foundation of the President’s Council of Student Advisors and initiated many of the student programming that ceramics students now enjoy at ACerS meetings. Dr. Blair currently serves as the Mentor-at-Large for the PCSA to give back to the student organization and mentor the next generation of ACerS leaders. Dr. Blair has served on multiple committees within ACerS including; the Member Services committee, Strategic Planning and Emerging Opportunities (SPEO) committee, Educational and Professional Development Council (EPDC), and the Young Professional Network. She currently co-leads the ACerS DC/Baltimore/NoVA Section and is a member of the Basic Science and Engineering Ceramics Divisions. In 2021, Dr. Blair earned the Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award and the Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars.