Annual Conference 2024

2024 Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics Conference


Our Mission

  • Interaction and collaboration: We aim to create new partnerships and collaborations by connecting CCAC members and affiliates with other individuals and groups conducting research in related areas.
  • Resources: We strive to introduce CCAC members to the range of user facilities and expertise available within the Center and related facilities.
  • Community building: We seek to foster relationships among CCAC members and affiliates by providing an opportunity to interact in a cordial setting.



Dates: August 13th and 14th

Location: Coorstek Center for Applied Science and Engineering

1523 Illinois St
Golden, CO 80401








Keynote Speaker - Jon Filreis
  Jon Filreis is a “semi-retired” engineer, project leader, business manager, technology developer, and lifelong learner.  Jon has had a long career in high technology industries from entry level mechanical engineering in medical companies to growing new business areas in electronics companies.  Over the many years of helping to advance new technologies toward critical applications in medical, national defense, space, and communications industries, Jon has evaluated technologies, worked with researchers and developers, and helped make well founded decisions in the best interests of the companies, customers, and other stakeholders in the ventures.  Jon has evolved into a new phase after over 40 years of full time work, focusing on STEM and environmental volunteering, new generations of his family, and other interests, as well as part time consulting in both commercial and government applications.  The volunteering aspect of “semi-retirement” has become a very rewarding part of Jon’s journey.  A major part of that is mentoring future generations of technologists to navigate the challenges and opportunities that they may encounter.  This part of his journey started over 20 years ago as a referee for Lego robot contests and has evolved to include entrepreneurial mentoring programs for junior engineers and supporting STEM programs in schools.

2024 Conference Organizers

Dagny Sacksteder
Dagny is a second-year PhD students in Materials Science advised by Professor Megan Holtz. She is researching reaction and degradation mechanisms of catalysts for H2 production from water electrolysis through thin film studies. She previously earned a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Ohio State University.
Nate Bernstein


Nate is pursuing a PhD in Materials Science with Dr. Geoff Brennecka as his advisor. His research is focused on discovering new ferroelectric materials and explaining their properties. He began his studies at Mines in 2022. Before joining the team at Mines, he worked as an electrical engineer specializing in Radio Frequency and Microwave Frequency circuitry. His hobbies including spending time with his dog and trolling his advisor when opportunities knock.

Colton Gerber
Colton is a second-year Ph.D. student in Materials Science advised by Dr. Eric Toberer and Dr. Vladan Stevanovic. His research focuses on atomic-scale modeling of disordered materials with several elements, seeking to speed up ab initio calculations with machine learning methods such as equivariant neural network potentials/force fields.
Carter Stotts
Carter Stotts is a Ph.D. candidate at Colorado State University advised by Dr. Christopher Weinberger. 
Jaime Tellez Gonzalez

After graduating from Mines with a B.S. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Jaime is pursuing a Master’s degree in Materials Science under advisement of Dr. Geoff Brennecka, conducting research on the sintering of barium titanate. When not in the lab, he is usually restoring (and occasionally breaking) old fountain pens.

Wayne Yeo


Wayne is pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science under advisement of Dr, Geoff Brennecka, researching high acoustic velocity piezoelectric materials.

Past CCAC Student Conferences

2023 Conference

2022 Conference

2021 Conference

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2019 Conference

2018 Conference

2017 Conference

2015 Conference

2014 Conference

      • August 15, 2014 – Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado
2013 Conference

2012 Conference

August 9-10, 2012 – Estes Park, Colorado

Conference Proceedings

2011 Conference

2010 Conference

2009 Conference