History

Since its founding in 1987, the Center has had just three Directors with Dr. Denis Brosnan serving the majority of the last 25 years.

The Center started with a room in the basement of Olin Hall (B11 for those of you who may remember) with three full-time employees (Denis Brosnan, Teresa Williams and Joe Fendley). Over the years, Denis organized and oversaw the construction of the Bishop Materials Laboratory which we occupy today and led us to be an internationally recognized research facility and testing lab for brick and other traditional ceramic products.

1987
The Center for Engineering Ceramic Manufacturing was created. Dr. Gilbert Robinson was the first Director.

1989
Dr. Denis Brosnan became the Center’s second Director.

1996
The Bishop Ceramic Laboratory was opened. The Lab was constructed using donations from Industry and is owned by the Clemson University Research Foundation.

1999
The Center for Engineering Ceramic Manufacturing was renamed The National Brick Research Center.

2006
The Bishop Ceramic Laboratory was expanded.

2009
The name of the Bishop Ceramic Laboratory was changed to the Bishop Materials Laboratory.

2012
The Center celebrated its 25th Anniversary, and Dr. John Sanders became the third Director of the Center.