2020 Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award

Dr. Valerie Wiesner is a Research Materials Engineer in the Advanced Materials and Processing Branch at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

She graduated with a Ph.D. in materials engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in 2013 and B.A. in physics from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, in 2008. She began her career at NASA as a Research Materials Engineer in the Ceramic and Polymer Composites Branch at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2014 after completing a Pathways Internship as a Ph.D. student. Prior to graduate school, she was an assistant English language teacher and translator for the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education in Japan.

Valerie has co-authored 27 publications, including 17 peer-reviewed articles, and 60 technical conference and seminar presentations. She has received various awards, including the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate Associate Administrator High Potentials Award and Engineers’ Council Distinguished Future Technology Leader Award.

Within The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), she serves as Chair-Elect of the Engineering Ceramics Division and member of the Strategic Planning and Emerging Opportunities and Member Services Committees. Her past ACerS involvement includes serving as chair of and ACerS’ representative to the Materials Advantage Committee, member of the Education and Professional Development Council and Books Sub-Committee and mentor to the President’s Council of Student Advisers Recruitment Committee. She also served as Vice-Chair of the Northeast Ohio Section. In addition to chairing the 44th International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites in 2020, she has organized numerous technical symposia and workshops at international conferences.

Her current research efforts focus on developing ceramic materials for applications in extreme environments, ranging from hypersonic flight to lunar and planetary surface operations.

Awards

Memorial Day 2020

Du-Co Ceramics Honors Memorial Day.

As Du-Co Ceramics honored Memorial Day, the employees were given an afternoon bakery treat in recognition for their hard work and dedication through these unprecedented times.  

Let us all honor the day.

 

Staying Safe


In appreciation of our employee’s hard work, Du-Co Ceramic Company Managers recently served pizza to the employees of Du-Co Ceramics during lunch as they headed into the long Holiday Easter weekend. Du-Co continues to practice safe work environment etiquette such as practicing social distancing and enhanced cleaning techniques as we continue to operate, manufacturing critical and essential electronic components to OEM’s producing critical and essential products to our country during this COVID 19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Statement

At this time Du-Co Ceramics is pleased to report the unfortunate situation regarding the COVID-19 will not cause delays with product supplied by Du-Co Ceramics.  Du-Co Ceramics does not have any raw materials sourced from locations that presently expect delays that will impact your deliveries.

2019 Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award

Dr. Gupta is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the University of North Dakota (UND). Dr. Gupta is an active researcher in sustainable materials, high temperature ceramics and alloys, nanotechnology, additive, and green manufacturing. At UND, Dr. Gupta teaches fundamental and applied courses related to materials science and engineering. Dr. Gupta has published over 53 technical papers, 6 patents (granted and pending – US and International), over 90 peer reviewed abstracts and/or contributed presentations, and 1 book chapter. Dr. Gupta also has an h-index of 25 and over 1300 citations (source: Google Scholar).

Dr. Gupta is an active member of the ACerS, TMS, ASM International, ACS, ASME, and Sigma Xi. Currently, Dr. Gupta is serving as the Chair (elect) of the Engineering Ceramics Division of ACerS, and member-at-large of ACS. Dr. Gupta has also won several awards like, Dean Professorship, Dean’s Outstanding Faculty Award, Global Young Investigator Award from ECD ACerS, and ASM/IIM lectureship award.

Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award Winner 2018

Eva Hemmer an assistant professor for materials chemistry at the University of Ottawa (Canada).

She received a German-French double diploma in materials science from Saarland University (Germany) and EEIGM (Nancy, France) in 2004 and her PhD in materials science from Saarland University in 2008 under the mentorship of Prof. Sanjay Mathur. During her PhD, she focused on the preparation of lanthanide-containing inorganic nanomaterials. This experience was further deepened during her postdoctoral studies where she worked on lanthanide-doped Gd2O3nanoparticles for near-infrared bioimaging with Prof. Kohei Soga at Tokyo University of Science (Japan, 2009-2012). In 2013, she was awarded a Feodor Lynen Research Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to join the groups of Profs. Vetrone and Légaré at Institut INRS-EMT (Canada) to study lanthanide-doped fluoride nanoparticles for nanothermometry.

She has published more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals and given more than 50 presentations at international conferences, many of these organized by ACerS. In 2014, she received the Global Young Investigator Award of the ACerS Engineering Ceramics Division. Since then, she is an active member of the organization committee of the Global Young Investigator Forum as well as other symposia at ACerS conferences. Eva has served as an international member at the ECD Committee and at the ACerS Book Committee. Since 2018, she is the treasurer of the ACerS Canada Chapter.

Since 2016, her research group at the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at uOttawa focuses on the design and study of lanthanide-based nanocarriers for biomedical and energy conversion applications as well as the investigation of optical features in lanthanide-based materials and molecules.

Du-Co 70th Anniversary Celebration

Du-Co Ceramics Company employees and retirees to celebrate the company’s 70th anniversary at a picnic to be held Sunday June, 6th 2019 at Roebling Park, Saxonburg, PA