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Materials Week '97: General Information

September 14-18, 1997 · MATERIALS WEEK '97 · Indianapolis, Indiana

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Dates and Location
Advance Registration
Free TMS Membership
Housing Information
Programming and Events
Editors'/Organizers' Workshop


Sponsored by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) and ASM International, Materials Week '97 will be held September 14-18, 1997 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Materials Week '97 will be held concurrently with several ASM-sponsored specialty conferences: 17th ASM Heat Treating Conference & Exposition, United Thermal Spray Conference, and the Materials Solutions Conference. The Materials Week '97 registration fee provides access to all of these conferences. Greater information about ASM-sponsored programming can be found at the ASM's Annual Event '97 web site.


The deadline to register in advance for either the entire meeting or only the exposition is August 25, 1997. You may register by submitting the on-line registration form electronically or by downloading the advance registration form, which is available on this site as in the easy-to-use Adobe Acrobat portable document format (.pdf). Mail or fax the form and your payment to Indianapolis '97, George E. Fern Company, 1100 Gest Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203; telephone (513) 621-6111; fax (513) 621-4439. Full payment of registration fees and social function tickets must accompany the completed form. You will be sent a confirmation card to acknowledge the processing of your registration.

Meeting badges will be mailed two weeks prior to the event to registrants living in the United States. If your registration is received by the George E. Fern Company after August 25, you will have to pick up your badge at the Advance Registration Pick-Up Counter of the on-site registration area. In the case of a lost badge, there will be a $5 processing fee for reprinting a new badge. Registrants from outside of the United States can pick up their badges as of 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 14, at the registration area, which will be located in the main lobby of the Indiana Convention Center.

Nonmember Registrants
Registrants who are not members of TMS automatically receive a complimentary associate membership in the Society for the remainder of 1997 and all of 1998.

An associate member receives a subscription to the monthly journal JOM, enjoys discounts on TMS publications (effective at Materials Week '97) and conference fees, is able to access the Society's Membership Directory via the World Wide Web, and enjoys an array of additional membership benefits and services.

Nonmember Authors
Authors of papers presented at Materials Week '97 who are not members of TMS can become a member for the remainder of 1997 and all of 1998 for only $42.50 (half of the standard annual dues). To take advantage of this special offer, you must submit a Materials Week registration form (registering as a nonmember author), a membership application, and your dues payment of $42.50. In addition to receiving full membership benefits as described on the membership application, you will be eligible to purchase TMS publications at member prices as of Materials Week '97.

Drawing for Free Lodging
All new members' names will be entered in a drawing for complimentary weekend lodging during the 127th TMS Annual Meeting, which will be held February 15-19, 1998, in San Antonio, Texas.

NOTE: These special offers to nonmember meeting registrants are extended to first-time TMS members only.

On-site registration hours at the Indiana Convention Center are as follows:


There are several hotels in the downtown Indianapolis area located near the Indiana Convention Center & RCA Dome. Many of these hotels are offering reduced rates to Materials Week '97 attendees. To obtain more information regarding the hotels and their offered rates, check out the accommodations information page and accompanying Indianapolis map, which shows the meeting site. To make housing reservations prior to the meeting, you must use the housing reservation form. You may download the form, which is a portable document format (.pdf) file, using the free software Adobe Acrobat. Print and mail or fax the complete form by August 14, 1997, to:

Indianapolis '97 Housing Bureau
One RCA Dome, Suite 100
Indianapolis, Indiana 46225-1060
Fax (317) 684-2492


Cancellation Policy: Registration fees will be refunded if a written request is received before August 25, 1997; written requests received after this date will be subject to a $50 service fee. No refunds will be given on-site. Please send written requests to ASM International, Member Services Center, Materials Park, Ohio 44073-0002.

Audio/Video Recording Policy: TMS reserves the rights to any audio and video reproduction of all presentations at every TMS-sponsored meeting. Recording of sessions (audio, video, still-photography, etc.) intended for personal use, distribution, publications, or copyright without the express writing consent of TMS and the individual authors is strictly prohibited. Contact Peggy Weiss ( in the TMS Technical Programming Department to obtain a copy of the waiver release form.

Americans With Disabilities Act: TMS strongly supports the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against, and promotes public accessibility for, those with disabilities. In support of and compliance with this act, we ask that individuals requiring specific equipment or services as an attendee of Materials Week '97 contact the TMS or ASM staff at the registration area.

Tax Deduction: In the United States, an income-tax deduction is allowed for education-related expenses. This includes registration fees, travel, meals, and lodging undertaken to maintain and improve professional skills. See Treas. Reg. 1.162-5.


Materials Week Technical Sessions: Technical sessions will begin Monday morning, September 15, and end Thursday morning, September 18. Technical sessions will be conducted at the Indiana Convention Center. The complete Materials Week '97 technical program is available on-line.

Complementary Programming: Full conference registration to Materials Week '97 also grants registrants admission to several ASM-sponsored meetings that will be held concurrently with Materials Week '97. These complementary meetings are

Greater information about ASM-sponsored programming can be found at the ASM's Annual Event '97 web site.

Poster Session: The poster session will begin Monday, September 15, and remain in place through Wednesday, September 17. Presentations will be displayed on 4' x 8' poster boards (no formal presentation is required of authors). To display during the session, submit an abstract of 150 words or less by August 15, 1997, to Peggy Weiss, TMS, 184 Thorn Hill Road, Warrendale, PA 15086; fax (724) 776-7330; e-mail

Materials Exposition: Numerous metals and materials engineering exhibitors will be participating in this state-of-the-art display. Greater detail can be found on the Materials Exhibition page. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served throughout the exhibition.

Special Events: Numerous special functions will be held during Materials Week '97, including a dinner honoring George R. Irwin, the ASM and TMS Distinguished Lectureship in Materials and Society, the Alpha Sigma Mu Lecture, the Young Leaders Tutorial Luncheon Lecture, and alumni receptions.

Proceedings: TMS publications, including a number of concurrent Materials Week '97 proceedings volumes, will be on sale at the TMS display booth in the Indiana Convention Center.


This year, the editors'/organizers' Workshop will be held Tuesday, September 16, 1997, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the 500 Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center. All current organizers, as well as those considering organizing a symposium in the future, and all editors and prospective editors of TMS conference proceedings are strongly encouraged to attend. This workshop will cover the basics of obtaining approval for publication; policies on various aspects of publishing; publishing options; timetables; proceedings editing practices; and insights by other editors. A demonstration of the Conference Management System (CMS), as well as a review of the organizer handbook are also planned. The workshop is intended to enable organizers and editors to deal confidently and efficiently with organizing a symposium and publishing the proceedings.

Questions? Contact the TMS Customer Service Center, 184 Thorn Hill Road, Warrendale, PA 15086-7528; telephone 1-800-759-4867 (USA) or (724) 776-9000, ext. 270; fax (724) 776-3770; e-mail

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