Du-Co Ceramics Company to Present Annual Awards

This $3,000 scholarship, established by the late Reldon Cooper, co-founder of Du-Co Ceramics, is awarded to an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in ceramic science, ceramic engineering, materials science, materials engineering or any combination of these degrees.  To be considered for the Scholarship Award and Young Professional Award please apply through the American Ceramics Society at the following link;  Awards  

Kelsey, pictured below is the first recipient of the Du-Co Ceramics Scholarship Award.

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Du-Co Ceramics Scholarship Award

Kelsey Meyer


Kelsey Meyer is a senior at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, NM, where she is pursuing a dual major in Physics and Materials Engineering.  She has worked as a student intern at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM since her senior year in high school; there, she researches the processing and properties of electronic ceramics.  Kelsey also held a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) internship at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, where she conducted research with professors in the Materials Science and Engineering department.

Kelsey has been involved with the President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA) since January 2012.  She served as the Programming Committee Chair in 2012, and continues to participate in PCSA as a member of the Programming Committee.  Kelsey has also been involved in Material Advantage throughout her undergraduate career, and served as the President of her school’s chapter this past year.

After completing her undergraduate degrees, Kelsey intends to pursue a doctoral degree combining her interests in Physics and Materials Engineering.


Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award

Kevin M. Fox


Kevin M. Fox is a principal engineer in the Environmental Stewardship Directorate of the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) in South Carolina.  He received his B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.  He has a background in structure/property relationships in ceramic materials, with a focus on high temperature deformation of ceramic composites and advanced microstructural characterization techniques.  He studied Spark Plasma Sintering of ceramic-metal composites at Nihon University in Japan as the recipient of a National Science Foundation fellowship, and has previous experience as an engineer at OSRAM Sylvania in the development and production of alumina arc tubes for sodium vapor lamps.

Dr. Fox has co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications, co-edited 4 volumes, and given more than 40 technical society presentations.  He has co-organized more than 15 technical society symposia, and serves as a reviewer for several journals.  He is a past Chair of the ACerS Nuclear and Environmental Technology Division, a past President of the Ceramic Education Council, and a past member of the Material Advantage Committee.  Dr. Fox currently serves as Vice President of the Keramos Board of Directors, Chair of the Book Publishing Committee, and a member of the Education Integration Committee.  He is a recipient of the Basic Science Division Graduate Excellence in Materials Science Award, the Karl Schwartzwalder – Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering Award, and the SRNL Laboratory Director’s Early Career Exceptional Achievement Award.

Dr. Fox’s current research focus is on the development of innovative glass and ceramic waste forms for the immobilization of defense high level nuclear wastes, as well as for the safe disposition of by-products from commercial nuclear fuel recycling.

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