In the middle of January, Boston Valley President John Krouse (photo: far right) and Quality Control Manager Craig Cudney (photo: far left) met with representatives from the Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology. The CACT, part of Alfred University, has been an integral part of Boston Valley’s Quality Control program for years. The mission of the CACT is to “facilitate collaboration between industry and academia with the goal of creating economic impact for the CACT’s industrial partners.” Our affiliation with CACT provides us with access to their facilities for testing and research, as well as connections with ceramic engineering faculty and research associates who are able to assist in further developing and refining our clay bodies and glazes. The proximity of Alfred University to Boston Valley allows for a quick turn around on test results, as well as for the possibility of site visits to our manufacturing facility.
Pictured above with John and Craig are Dr. William Carty and Huojin Lee who are Boston Valley’s primary contacts at CACT. Dr. Carty is the John F. McMahon Professor & Chair of Ceramic Engineering. Huojin Lee is a doctoral candidate who performs the testing on Boston Valley’s products. Having never previously visited Boston Valley, Huojin Lee came to our facility to see our manufacturing processes first hand.