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TMS Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

“Study after study shows that the diverse workplace is the most resilient, flexible, and productive,”
— Elizabeth Holm, 2013 TMS President
Creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace benefits everyone—individual scientists and engineers, entire organizations, and the materials science and engineering profession as a whole. That’s why “Advance diversity and inclusion in the minerals, metals, and materials profession” is one of the five main goals of TMS’s 2018 Strategic Plan. The society is devoting significant time and resources to making sure that scientists, engineers, and employers alike have access to the resources they need to understand the issues involved in making their workplaces more diverse and inclusive. Whether you wish to attend a conference, join a committee, or access free online resources, TMS can help.
TMS Diversity and Inclusion Statement
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) is committed to advancing diversity in the minerals, metals, and materials professions, and to promoting an inclusive professional culture that welcomes and engages all who seek to contribute to the field. TMS recognizes that a diverse minerals, metals, and materials workforce is critical to ensuring that all viewpoints, perspectives, and talents are brought to bear in addressing complex science and engineering challenges. To build and nurture this diverse professional community, TMS welcomes and actively engages the participation of underrepresented groups in all of its initiatives and endeavors.
Meetings
In 2014, TMS established the Diversity in the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Professions (DMMM) summit series. Held every two years, this event gives participants an opportunity to both learn from experts and to advance the discussion on diversity and inclusion issues in their field.
Diversity in the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Professions 2 (DMMM2)
July 25–26, 2016 • Northwestern University • Evanston, Illinois
The First TMS Summit on Creating and Sustaining Diversity in the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Professions (DMMM1)
July 29-31, 2014 • National Academy of Science Building • Washington, D.C.
Resources
TMS offers the following free resources related to diversity and inclusion in the minerals, metals, and materials professions:
This regularly updated toolkit contains a variety of useful resources related to diversity and inclusion issues.
The final report from the First TMS Summit on Diversity in the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Professions (DMMM1) compiles key insights and identifies common themes related to diversity and inclusion issues across workplace environments and sectors. Read it to learn more about the five recurring themes of the event—mentorship, work-life balance, community, awareness, and vigilance—and how attendees were inspired to begin connecting for change.
TMS Diversity Committee
The mission of the TMS Diversity Committee is to advance TMS’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by developing TMS programs, initiatives, and activities that address the professional needs and aspirations of underrepresented persons actively pursuing a career in materials science and engineering. They also seek to promote materials engineering as an attractive career choice and opportunity for those in underrepresented groups.
Awards
Ellen Swallow Richards Diversity Award
This award recognizes an individual, who in the remarkable pioneering spirit of Ellen Swallow Richards, has helped or inspired others to overcome personal, professional, educational, cultural, or institutional adversity to pursue a career in minerals, metals, and/or materials.
Frank Crossley Diversity Award
This award recognizes an individual who has personally overcome personal, professional, educational, cultural, or institutional adversity to pursue a career in minerals, metals, and/or materials.
Background Reading
This selection of articles published in JOM, the member journal of TMS, provides some background on the Society’s progress on diversity issues, as well as interesting profiles on both current and historical pioneers in the field.
Frank Crossley: A Man of Mettle” by Lynne Robinson
The fourth installment in the “Pioneers in Diversity” series from JOM, this article looks at the life and career of Frank Crossley, the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering.
Constance Tipper Cracks the Case of the Liberty Ships” by Kelly Zappas
The third installment in the "Pioneers in Diversity" series from JOM, this article looks at the career of Constance Tipper, the Cambridge University metallurgist who made a significant contribution to her country's war effort during World War II.
Martha Goodway: How History Gets Made” by Lynne Robinson
The second installment in the “Pioneers in Diversity” series from JOM, this article looks at Martha Goodway, an archaeometallurgist for the Smithsonian Institution who was one of only 19 women to graduate from MIT in 1957. Published in September 2015 JOM.
TMS Measures Progress on Diversity and Inclusion” by Lynne Robinson
This article provides a snapshot of TMS’s membership, by presenting statistics on members’ gender, ethnicity, and nationality. Published in May 2015 JOM.
A Crystal Clear Vision: Celebrating the Multi-Faceted Legacy of Kathleen Lonsdale” by Lynne Robinson
The first installment in the “Pioneers in Diversity” series from JOM, this article looks at one of the early pioneers in establishing the science of x-ray crystallography. Published in January 2015 JOM.
DMMM1 Builds on the Strength in Diversity” by Jennifer L.W. Carter, Amber L. Genau, Judy Schneider, Kinga Unocic, Clarissa A. Yablinsky, and Lynne Robinson
A review of the inaugural TMS summit on Diversity in the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Professions (DMMM1), this article looks at the event through the eyes of several event participants. Published in January 2015 JOM.
Viola Acoff: Winner of First TMS Diversity Award” by Lynne Robinson
This profile, part of JOM’s popular “Meet a Member” article series, looks at the life and work of the University of Alabama’s Viola Acoff. Published in June 2014 JOM.
Ellen Swallow Richards: The Most Influential Scientist You Probably Never Heard Of (Until Now)” by Lynne Robinson
Meet Ellen Swallow Richards, the first U.S. woman to be accepted to a college of science and technology and the first female member of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum engineers (AIME—TMS’s parent society). Published in January 2014 JOM.
United in Our Differences: Changing the Face of MSE” by Lynne Robinson
This extensive feature article from the June 2013 issue of JOM profiles 24 women working around the world in fields related to minerals, metals, and materials science and engineering. Published in July 2013 JOM.
Planting the Seeds of Diversity” by Elizabeth Holm
Study after study shows that the diverse workplace is the most resilient, flexible, and productive. 2013 TMS President Elizabeth Holm of Carnegie Mellon University discusses why diversity is important to our community. Published in July 2013 JOM.