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LETTER TO EDITOR

Material Engineering Challenges for the Society of "Tomorrow": Housing, Transportation, Health, and Food Delivery Needs

Diran Apelian

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The symposium on Materials and Critical Societal Issues was held during the Materials Science & Technology 2004 conference in New Orleans, Louisiana in September 2004. The speakers' slides from several of the presentations were collected and converted to into portable document format (PDF) files, and a video presentation of "Material Engineering Challenges for the Society of Tomorrow: Housing, Transportation, Health, and Food Delivery Needs", is available for viewing as part of this month's JOM-e.

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This paper discusses the following message: For more than seven decades, the mainstream MSE R&D agenda has been driven mostly by defense and industrial needs…(The “Golden Rule”). With impending and burgeoning societal issues affecting the human condition, the MSE community has a responsibility to play an advocacy role. The MSE community’s R&D agenda should be pro-active. In addition to defense and industrial needs, we need to address societal issues such as housing, transportation, food, and health related issues.

For more information, contact Diran Apelian, Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Metal Processing Institute, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Metal Processing Institute, Worcester, MA 01609-2247; dapelian@wpi.edu.


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