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Ten Ways to Prepare for TMS2018 

February 1 is the last day to register for the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition at the discounted early registration rate. Here are a few things you can do now to prepare for this year’s conference and make the most of your time in Phoenix. 

1. Download the TMS2018 Justification Letter: Customize this letter and provide it to your supervisor to demonstrate the value of attending TMS2018 and to request employer funding for your travel.

2. Register by February 1 for the Best Rate: Save up to $180 by taking advantage of our early registration rates on the conference.

3. Register for a Professional Development Workshop or Course: Discounted registration also ends February 1 for the 14 full- and half-day professional development workshops and courses planned for Sunday, March 11, in conjunction with TMS2018. Led by expert instructors, these events are offered on a variety of technical and professional topics.

4. Reserve Your Place at Special Events: There’s a lot to see and experience at TMS2018 beyond the technical session rooms. View a listing of Special Lectures and Networking Events and take note of the ones that require advance ticket purchases. You can purchase tickets during the registration process or add them to your registration at a later date through the TMS2018 registration website.

5. Book Discounted Housing through TMS: Reserve a room at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix (the TMS headquarters hotel) or at one of the other hotels convenient to the convention center at the discounted TMS attendee room rate. Deadline to book at these reduced rates is February 15.

6. Apply for a TMS Family Care Grant: If traveling to TMS2018 will result in increased child or family care expenses for you, TMS invites you to apply for a Family Care Grant by February 2 to help offset these expenses. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply soon. 

7. Download the TMS2018 Preliminary Technical Program (PDF) or view TMS2018 Session Sheets: Begin selecting the technical presentations you wish to attend using the TMS2018 Preliminary Technical Program, a searchable PDF of the week’s programming plans (current as of November 30) or by viewing the TMS2018 Session Sheets for real-time updates on individual technical sessions.

8. Preview a Schedule of Technical Committee Meetings: Find out when your committee is meeting at TMS2018, or, if you are not yet a member of a TMS technical committee, consider attending a meeting in your interest area. Technical committee meetings are open to all TMS2018 attendees and are a great starting point for getting involved in the society. 

9. Volunteer as a Translator: If you are fluent in multiple languages, consider volunteering a few hours of your time to assist in welcoming our international attendees when they arrive at the conference and to assist in answering basic questions.

10. View Travel Resources: Familiarize yourself with our host city—Phoenix, Arizona—through our Travel Resources website.

Make your plans today and join us in Phoenix, Arizona, March 11–15 for TMS2018!


Metallurgical and Materials Transactions Journals Welcome New Editors

The close of 2017 brought with it the retirement of two long-time editors of the Metallurgical and Materials Transactions journals and the appointment of two new editors to fill these roles.

Thaddeus (Ted) Massalski and Richard J. Fruehan concluded their service to these publications in 2017. Massalski, who is professor emeritus of Materials Science, Engineering, and Physics at Carnegie Mellon University, had been an editor of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A (MMTA) since 1981. Fruehan, U.S. Steel Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and co-director of the Center for Iron and Steelmaking Research at Carnegie Mellon University, also retired from his position at Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B (MMTB) at the end of 2017 after more than 30 years of service.

Amy Clarke, associate professor, metallurgical and materials engineering, Colorado School of Mines, took over Massalski’s role as an editor of MMTA on December 1. Clarke, who had served as a key reader for MMTA, brings to the editorial team a background of experience in academic, government, and industrial settings.

“First, I am extremely honored to stand on the shoulders of giants to join the editorial team of MMTA,” said Clarke. “I sincerely thank the outgoing editors for their years of dedication in making this journal what it is today. MMTA has published many classic works in physical metallurgy and materials science. It was the first journal I ever did a review for, and I feel a sense of obligation to ensure that its future builds upon its past.”

Clarke is site director for the Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys, a U.S. National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center addressing the physical metallurgy needs of industries working with non-ferrous structural alloys. Previously, Clarke was a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Materials Science and Technology-Metallurgy Group, where she focused on making, measuring, and modeling metals during solidification.

Clarke has extensive experience as a TMS volunteer in all aspects of the society. She is currently the Membership and Student Development Director on the TMS Board of Directors and served last year as the TMS representative to the program coordinating committee of the Materials Science & Technology conference.

“In the coming years, I hope to make sure that MMTA continues to publish the highest quality contributions to our field, and remains the home for physical metallurgy and materials science,” said Clarke. “Another goal is to reduce the time from submission to publication, while still providing the meaningful reviews to authors that MMTA is known for.”

Il Sohn, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Yonsei University in South Korea, stepped into Fruehan’s role as an editor of MMTB on January 1, with an acknowledgment of the contributions of past editors.

Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B has a rich history of publishing and disseminating knowledge in the broad field of metals and materials processing and is the prominent source for innovative ideas and solutions applicable to existing and developing industries,” said Sohn. “I hope to ensure that the journal continues to be a platform for both ferrous and non-ferrous researchers.”

Sohn’s research focuses on understanding the fundamentals of high-temperature extractive metallurgy, from refining to continuous solidification of molten metal and developing next-generation eco-friendly and energy-efficient extractive metallurgical processes. Sohn is also associate director of Yonsei Engineering Research Park.

“With industry and academic experience in the international community for ferrous and non-ferrous metals processing, I hope to expand our existing pool of experts to ensure that the right people provide feedback to our authors at the right time after submission and solicit comprehensive reviews on topics critical to our field,” said Sohn. “I am grateful for this opportunity to serve my colleagues and to have an opportunity to work with our principal editor in continuing the success of the journal.”

Visit the Journals section of the TMS website to learn how you can contribute your work to Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A and B.


AIME Releases Report on Council of Excellence Efforts 

The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) has released a new report, In Pursuit of Technological Innovation, which outlines the goals and initial analysis of the AIME Council of Excellence, established in 2014 by Behrooz Fattahi, the AIME President at the time. The report is available for free download at the AIME website.

The mission of the AIME Council of Excellence is to convene highly regarded technical experts representing the AIME member societies to continuously identify technologies (mature and/or leading edge) that might have innovative application within the industries served by these societies. These member societies include TMS, SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration), AIST (Association for Iron and Steel Technology), and SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers). 2003 TMS President Dan Thoma and 2007 TMS President Robert Shull are the TMS representatives to the Council of Excellence and co-authors of the report.

“The industries served by our member societies represent many different technical disciplines and use highly sophisticated technologies in their operations,” said Fattahi, who currently chairs the Council of Excellence. “These technologies have been important enablers in their continuing drive to improve how they solve problems and deliver products and services to consumers. This makes timely development and rapid application of leading-edge technologies critical for their survival and prosperity.”

 “The big idea of the Council of Excellence is to link more people so that each association can help and benefit from the experience of those who have solved similar problems, but in a different field,” Fattahi continued. “By expanding the technology toolbox that we all have available, we will all be able to work smarter and make smarter use of the earth’s resources.”

New from TMS Journals

Below is a selection of open-access articles published in several TMS journals that are available to the public at no charge. TMS members can access the full content of these journals by logging in to the Journals section of the TMS website.

New from JOM

Fundamental Aspects of High-Temperature Metallurgical Processing,” by Jesse F. White
Phase Reactions Between Refractory and High-Acidic Synthetic CaO-Ferronickel Slag,” by Christoph Sagadin, et al.
Development of Creep-Resistant and Oxidation-Resistant Austenitic Stainless Steels for High Temperature Applications,” by Philip J. Maziasz

New from Journal of Electronic Materials

Electrodeposition of Ni on Bi2Te3 and Interfacial Reaction Between Sn and Ni-Coated Bi2Te3,” by Yu-Chen Tseng, et al.
Wetting of Sn-Zn-Ga and Sn-Zn-Na Alloys on Al and Ni Substrate,” by Tomasz Gancarz, et al.
Effect of Ni-P Plating Temperature on Growth of Interfacial Intermetallic Compound in Electroless Nickel Immersion Gold/Sn-Ag-Cu Solder Joints,” by Wonil Seo, et al.
Nanocomposite SAC Solders: The Effect of Adding Ni and Ni-Sn Nanoparticles on Morphology and Mechanical Properties of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu Solders,” by A. Yakymovych, et al.
Electric Circuit Model Analogy for Equilibrium Lattice Relaxation in Semiconductor Heterostructures,” by Tedi Kujofsa, et al.
Crystalline and Electronic Structures and Magnetic and Electrical Properties of La-Doped Ca2Fe2O5 Compounds,” by T. L. Phan, et al.
Interfacial Misfit Array Technique for GaSb Growth on GaAs (001) Substrate by Molecular Beam Epitaxy,” by D. Benyahia, et al.

New from Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A

Analysis of the Grain Size Evolution for Ferrite Formation in Fe-C-Mn Steels Using a 3D Model Under a Mixed-Mode Interface Condition,” by H. Fang, et al.
In-Situ Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction Studies on Effects of Plastic and Elastic Loading on bcc Phase Transformations of a 3rd Generation 1 GPa Advanced High Strength Steel,” by P. Eftekharimilani, et al
The Effectiveness of Al-Si Coatings for Preventing Interfacial Reaction in Al-Mg Dissimilar Metal Welding,” by Yin Wang, et al.
Texture Development and Material Flow Behavior During Refill Friction Stir Spot Welding of AlMgSc,” by Junjun Shen, et al.
Enhanced Densification of PM Steels by Liquid Phase Sintering with Boron-Containing Master Alloy,” Maheswaran Vattur Sundaram, et al.
The Influence of Strain Path on Rare Earth Recrystallization Textures in a Magnesium-Zinc-Rare Earth Alloy,” by D. Griffiths, et al.
The Compositional Dependence of the Microstructure and Properties of CMSX-4 Superalloys,” by Hao Yu, et al.