2nd Annual UConn Keramos Mircograph Contest

Attention all microscopists. You know that getting the perfect shot is as much an art as it is a science. To celebrate the aesthetic beauty of science, The UConn chapter of Keramos Professional Fraternity is holding its 2nd annual micrograph contest. The contest is open to all graduate and undergraduate students in all departments. Cash prizes will be award to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Entries will be accepted through November 20, 2015 and displayed in the Institute of Materials Science in December.  Winners will be announced in January.

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Keramos Egg Drop Challenge – Rescheduled

Engineers!  Are you ready for an afternoon of eggs-iting and eggs-ilirating entertainment?  Are you ready for more bad egg puns?  Join the UConn chapter of Keramos for a fun, competitive engineering challenge.  Using the provided materials, race against the clock to construct a device capable of protecting an egg from a four story drop.  Prizes for the top designs.

Join us at 10:15 am on Friday, Oct. 2 in the IMS Reading Room for snacks and drinks and to learn about Keramos.  Event should take about an hour.

Please RSVP to help us with a head count.
Please address questions to Alan.

Micrograph Contest

To highlight the importance of microscopy techniques and appreciate the plethora of research, UConn Keramos Chapter is hosting this Micrograph Contest:

  • Submission open to all graduate and undergrad students (one entry per person);
  • Original micrograph is required if any photo editing is made;
  • Submit to keramos@.engr.uconn.edu before 11/16/14 for prize consideration;
  • Micrographs will be judged both from technical and artistic standpoints by IMS/MSE professionals;
  • Cash prizes: First winner $100, Second winner  $75, and Third winner  $50;
  • Public display of winning micrographs is scheduled in the last week of November.


Micrograph Contest


Keramos Chapter Founded at UConn

By Giorgina Paiella

UConn-KeramosMs. Sapna Gupta, a Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) graduate student, has founded a University of Connecticut chapter of Keramos with the support of her team leaders and chapter advisor Professor Prabhakar Singh. The chapter was formally announced during the Materials Science and Technology (MS&T ’13) conference in Montreal, Canada.

David-GreenACerS-presidentKeramos, the National Professional Ceramic Engineering Fraternity, aims to stimulate scholarship, character, and development in students while promoting interest in the professional aspects of ceramic engineering, technology, and science. There are currently 12 student chapters across the country actively promoting the ideals of Keramos and ceramic engineering.

Ms. Gupta is a Ph.D. candidate in the MSE Department and Center for Clean Energy Engineering who worked with the Keramos Board of Directors to create an UConn Keramos chapter. She is pursuing research toward the development of clean and efficient energy systems, with a focus on high temperature ceramic materials and the development of advanced concepts and designs for new processes. Ms. Gupta presently works on the development and characterization of advanced ionically, electronically, and mixed conducting ceramic oxides for applications in high temperature electrochemical systems under the supervision of Professor Prabhakar Singh, Director of the Center for Clean Energy Engineering and Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation. Ms. Gupta is also a current finance Committee Chair of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA) and was recently invited to the ACerS New England section meeting to provide a brief introduction on PCSA goals and activities.

She hopes to use the chapter as a platform to encourage and promote involvement and participation of students and faculty members from diverse backgrounds with the common goal of encouraging the future growth of Keramos and The American Ceramic Society. She states, “I am very proud to be a part of the ACerS, Keramos and PCSA. My desire is to contribute to the advancement of science and technology through research, development, and education, thereby serving mankind.”

Congratulations and best of luck to the chapter! The leadership positions for the organization are as follows:

  • President: Sapna Gupta
  • Vice President: Austin McDannald
  • Treasurer: Nasser Khakpash
  • Secretary: Alan Harris
  • Herald: Chen Jiang

For more information on Keramos, visit http://ceramics.org/classes/keramos. Contact Sapna Gupta for UConn Keramos chapter details and information on how to become a member.