GPC Organizers

The Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC) is a trade association of the glass industry that includes among its members, representatives of all four sectors: container, fiber, flat and specialty glass companies as well as leading suppliers to the industry, research institutes, and industry experts.  Our goal is to promote the interest, growth, and sustainability of the glass industry.  GMIC does for individual companies what they can’t easily do on their own – provide technical education, coordinate technical initiatives, advocate with law makers, and promote the usage and image of glass products as a vital part of society around the globe.

If you are a glass industry manufacturer, supplier, or research organization, and you are not presently a member, we encourage you to join GMIC now to ensure the vitality of the industry through your support of the industry’s trade association.  Membership dues are based on company size and category.  Contact GMIC’s Executive Director, Robert Weisenburger Lipetz, for full information.

Executive Committee: Rob Hofman, Roman Manufacturing; President; Brian Naveken, TECO, Immediate Past President; Andrew Zamurs, Rio Tinto Minerals; Vice President; Martin Goller, Corning, Incorporated, Treasurer; Robert Weisenburger Lipetz; GMIC; Secretary

Aaron Huber, Johns Manville; Andrew Richardson, Linde; Bruno Purnode, Owens Corning; Dave Ulmer, SORG Services, USA; Elmer Sperry, Libbey; Euan Evenson, Praxair, Inc.; Keith Bagarus, RoviSys, Inc.; Ken Bratton, Emhart Glass; Kevin Cook, Honeywell; Rajiv Tiwary, Vitro Architectural Glass; Steve Badger, Pittsburgh Corning; Steve Olesen, World Kitchen; Steve Weiser, O-I; Susan Torlina, Anheuser Busch-InBev NAZ Supply; Yuri Vulfson, Hollingsworth & Vose Fiber Company

Robert Weisenburger Lipetz, Executive Director
Donna M. Banks, Executive Assistant

600 N. Cleveland Avenue, Suite 210 Westerville, OH 43082
+1-614-523-3033 | [email protected] |

Facilitate, organize and promote the interests economic growth and sustainability of the glass industry through education and cooperation in the areas of technology, and the environment.

The Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University (AU) is a leader in glass and ceramic education.  Established in 1900 as the New York State School of Clayworking, the School has a long-standing history of providing industry a workforce well-educated in the manufacturing of glass and ceramic materials.  Today, the School offers BS and MS degrees in five disciplines.  Biomaterials Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Glass Engineering Science, General Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering as well as doctoral degrees in the materials disciplines.

The School also serves industry by advancing the forefront of ceramics and glass research.  In addition to maintaining an active portfolio of federally funded research, the faculty routinely collaborate with industry or projects ranging from fundamental research through product/process development.  Interactions with industry are conducted through the Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) and the Center for High Temperature Characterization (CHTC).  The CACT facilitates collaboration between industry and academia with the goal of creating economic impact for the CACT’s industrial partners.  The CHCT is a user facility that provides research unparalleled access to equipment designed for characterizing materials in the situ at high temperatures.

More information about the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering:

Alastair Cormack, Interim Dean, Engineering Alfred University, [email protected]
S.K. Sundaram, Inamori Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Alfred University, [email protected]

Adam Polcyn, Vitro Architectural Glass
Andrew Zamurs, Rio Tinto Minerals
Elmer Sperry, Libbey
Glenn Neff, Glass Service USA, Inc.
James Uhlik, TECO
Jan Schepp, O-I
Kenneth Bratton, Emhart Glass
Larry McCloskey, Consultant
Laura Lowe, HarbinsonWalker International
Michelle Korwin-Edson, Owens Corning
Martin Goller, Corning, Incorporated
Phillip Tucker, Johns Manville
Robert Lipetz, GMIC
S.K. Sundaram, Alfred University
Uyi Iyoha, Praxair, Inc.


Following the 79th Conference on Glass Problems attendees will be emailed instructions with a link on how to download the 79th GPC proceedings.



The 80th Conference on Glass Problems October 28-31, 2019 | Columbus, Ohio | The Exhibit and Technical Sessions will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center | The Hospitality Suites will be located across the street at the Hilton Columbus Downtown.