TMS 2020 News

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Thomas Battle Takes Office as 2020 TMS President

"All in all, I think the Society and I both did a pretty good job of making good on our promises," said James C. Foley, 2019 TMS President, who took a moment during last night's TMS-AIME Honors & Awards Ceremony to look back at what the Society as a whole has done and what he personally has achieved in the past year. He ended his speech by encouraging his fellow attendees to keep making contributions to the Society and to their professional communities in the coming year.

Foley now passes leadership of the Society to Thomas Battle, extractive metallurgy consultant, who will serve as 2020 TMS President. Battle also addressed the audience at last night's awards ceremony, echoing Foley's encouragement to all members to get involved. "TMS tends to be an organization that is driven from the bottom up, so we rely on our volunteer members at the technical committee level to help the rest of the organization and the Board to move forward," said Battle. "Now is a great time for all of you to become more involved with the Society."

Ellen Cerreta, Los Alamos National Laboratory, moves into the role of 2020 TMS Vice President.

Please Return Silent Session Transponders Today

Please be sure to return your transponder from the Silent Sessions to the theater before you leave the TMS 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition. These transmitters will not work for any other conference, and TMS must absorb the expense of missing transmitters. (You can keep the earbuds, though!)

End the Week on a Forward-Looking Note:
Attend the Materials and Manufacturing Innovation Spotlight Luncheon

Explore the concepts and technologies that are revolutionizing the materials and manufacturing arenas at the inaugural Materials and Manufacturing Innovation Spotlight Lecture, taking place today from noon to 2:00 p.m. in Room 3 of the San Diego Convention Center. Hear perspectives from respected technical experts and leaders in their fields on three emerging technologies: 

  • "Metamorphic Manufacturing: A New Frontier for Digital Manufacturing," Glenn Daehn, The Ohio State University
  • "Synthetic Biology: An Emerging Toolkit for Materials Manufacturing," Maneesh Gupta, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • "Materials for Quantum and Quantum for Materials," Celia Merzbacher, Quantum Economic Development Consortium 
You can attend the lectures at no cost, but only those who purchased a ticket in advance will receive a boxed lunch. View full details on the presenters and presentations here

Machine Learning and Autonomous Researchers Featured at Today's Frontiers of Materials Symposium
Keith Brown, an inaugural recipient of the TMS Frontiers of Materials Award, has organized the symposium Machine Learning and Autonomous Researchers for Materials Discovery and Design as part of his award. The event will be going on all day today in Room 4 of the San Diego Convention Center and is open to all meeting attendees.

Scenes from Wednesday at TMS2020

Wednesday evening's TMS-AIME Awards Ceremony and Banquet offered a chance to shine a spotlight on the achievements of our members. The image above offers a look at the night's honorees and festivities.

Natasha Vermaak (pictured, top left), chair of the TMS Diversity Committee, welcomed attendees to the Fresh Coffee, Fresh Ideas: Diversity and Inclusion Breakfast on Wednesday morning. Sponsored by the TMS Diversity Committee, this event encouraged participants at each table to discuss an assigned topic and then switch, after 15 minutes, to discuss a new topic related to diversity and inclusion issues.

Luis Ortiz (pictured, speaking), LAO Consulting, opened the Sadoway 70 honorary symposium on Wednesday morning with the presentation, "Better Living through Electrochemistry: Innovation and Incrementalism," which looked at the work of MIT's Donald Sadoway in process electrometallurgy, battery energy storage, and advanced ironmaking. The Sadoway 70 symposium, formally titled Process Metallurgy and Electrochemistry of Molten Salts, Liquid Metal Batteries, and Extra-terrestrial Materials Processing: An EPD Symposium in Honor of Don Sadoway continues today in Room 14A of the San Diego Convention Center. 

Robert O. Ritchie (pictured, speaking) delivered the inaugural William D. Nix Award Lecture, "Damage Tolerance in Materials," to a standing-room-only audience on Wednesday. The lecture was part of a one-day symposium organized by Michael Mills, The Ohio State University, and Kevin Hemker, Johns Hopkins University. William D. Nix, the award's namesake, also attended the event, which featured nine speakers over the course of the day.

Several honors were bestowed upon members of the Functional Materials Division (FMD) during Wednesday afternoon’s council meeting. Awardees recognized during the event included (from left, with FMD Chair Raymundo Arroyave): C. Robert Kao, FMD Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award recipient; James Coleman, FMD John Bardeen Award recipient; and Aurelien Perron and Jayakanth Ravichandran, 2020 FMD Young Leaders Professional Development Award recipients. 

Yuntian Zhu, North Carolina State University, delivered the Institute of Metals/Robert Franklin Mehl Award lecture on Wednesday afternoon on the topic, "Heterostructured Materials: A New Paradigm for Designing Metals with Superior Mechanical Properties." Zhu was recognized for his outstanding leadership and pioneering work in deformation physics and mechanical properties of nanostructured and heterostructured metals.

When you use a microscope, if you start by using the small knob, or fine focus, you likely won't get where you want to be. To get to the right place as quickly as possible, "use the big knob first," said Grant Pattinson (pictured, top left) in his presentation as the TMS Light Metals Division Luncheon lecturer on Wednesday. Pattinson, who is manager of Tesla’s Materials Engineering Metals and Ceramics team, shared examples of how this philosophy plays out in the development of materials and castings for Tesla. Samantha Schloder (top, second from left), recipient of the 2020 LMD Scholarship, also addressed luncheon attendees, sharing her experiences as a materials science/engineering student. In addition, several individuals and groups were honored with awards from the division. A complete listing of award recipients can be found in the TMS2020 Conference Guide and on the TMS2020 Award Recipient website.

The PbZn 2020 symposium held its final plenary session on Lead and Zinc Sustainability and Social License on Wednesday morning. Pictured (main photo, from left) are speakers Claire Hassall, CHR Metals; Matthew Raiford, Consortium for Battery Innovation; Andreas Siegmund, LanMetCon LLC (organizer); and Paul White, International Lead and Zinc Study Group.

Thank You for Being a Part of TMS2020
More than 4,600 attendees and 80 exhibiting companies came together this week at the TMS 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition, making this the best attended meeting in TMS history. Thank you for being a part of it!

All attendees should receive a TMS2020 survey invitation in their e-mails next week. When you receive this message, please take a few moments to let us know what you thought of your meeting experience. Your responses can help us to make improvements for future meetings.

Join Us Next Year for TMS2021
Please plan to join us again for our 150th anniversary at the TMS 2021 Annual Meeting & Exhibition next year in Orlando, Florida. We have a number of special anniversary features planned, and two events will be co-located with TMS2021: the 5th International Symposium on Nickel and Cobalt (Ni-Co 2021) and Diversity in the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Professions 4 (DMMM4).

Mark your calendars now with the following key dates:

  • Symposium proposals are due March 15 for TMS2021
  • Abstracts are due February 29, 2020 for Ni-Co 2021 
  • Call for Abstracts for all other TMS2021 symposia will open in May 2020
  • Conference Dates will be March 14–18, 2021
Start planning today. Book your housing now and reserve your place at TMS2021.

Safe travels, and we'll see you next year in Orlando!

Programming Support Desk
7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Hall AB1 Prefunction 

7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Hall AB1 Prefunction 

TMS Member Welcome Center
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Ballroom 6 Lobby 

Technical Programming Sessions
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center and Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Materials and Manufacturing Innovation Spotlight Luncheon
Noon to 2:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Room 3

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Attendees enjoyed another night of networking, meeting with exhibitors, and discussing the research of poster presenters during the Exhibit Hall Happy Hour and Poster Session II on Tuesday evening. Some of the posters that received the most comments from TMS2020 App users from this session included:

  • Excellent Presentation
    N-57: "Optimized Optical Properties and Mechanical Assessment of AlN/SiO2 Nanomultilayers," Chelsea D. Appleget, University of Southern California
  • Innovative Methodology
    J-80: "Composition Design of Coherent Precipitate-strengthening AlCuFeNiTi Multi-principal Element Alloys by High-throughput CALPHAD-type Calculation," by Shao-Yu Yen, National Cheng-Kung University
  • Great Poster Design
    K-85: "How Small Molecules Can Trigger the One-way Effect in Shape Memory Polymers," by Axel Marquardt, Ruhr University Bochum

Wednesday is the final day for the TMS2020 Exhibit, which will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be served in the exhibit hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tesla's Grant Pattinson Delivers LMD Luncheon Lecture this Afternoon
Grant Pattinson, manager, Tesla's Materials Engineering Metals and Ceramics team, will deliver the Light Metals Division Luncheon Lecture this afternoon in Room 6B of the San Diego Convention Center. Grant will speak in place of the previously announced speaker, Mark Easton, who was unable to attend. Learn more about the speaker and the presentation here. If you did not purchase a ticket for the luncheon in advance, you are still welcome to come and listen to the presentation.

Information Session for Organizers
This evening, an information session will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Room 16A of the San Diego Convention Center for technical committee members planning to organize symposia for the TMS 2021 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2021) in Orlando. Topics to be covered include: proposing a symposium, inviting speakers, organizing sessions, and managing the symposium onsite. The information session will conclude with a Q&A with members of the TMS Program Committee.

Student Poster Contest Winners
The following posters were honored for excellence in the 2020 Technical Division Student Poster Competition on Monday night.

Extraction & Processing Division (EPD) 
Graduate: "An X-ray Spectromicroscopy Study of the Calcium Mineralization in the JEB Tailings Management Facility at McClean Lake, Saskatchewan," Arthur Situm, University of Saskatchewan

Functional Materials Division (FMD)
Graduate: "Healable Transparent Supramolecular Polymer Nanocomposites-based Energy Storage Device for Wearables and Robotics," Gurunathan Thangavel, Nanyang Technological University
Undergraduate: "Development of an All Solid-state Printed Carbon Electrode Utilizing Nickel Oxide/oxyhydroxide for Phosphate Detection," Sookyoung Jeong, Purdue University

Light Metals Division (LMD)
Graduate: "Effects of Mg and Si Additions to Novel Al-Ce base Alloys for Aerospace Applications," Manny de Jesus-Lopez, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Undergraduate: "Effects of Mg+Si Additions on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Al-Ce-Sr based Alloys," Ramon Padin, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division (MPMD)
Graduate: "Modeling and Predicting Longitudinal Defect Mechanisms in Steel Continuous Casting," Matthew Zappulla, Colorado School of Mines
Undergraduate: "Overcoming Oxidation of CMSX-4 to Determine the Thermophysical Properties in the Liquid State," Zane Smith, Purdue University

Structural Materials Division (SMD)
Graduate: "Deformation Mechanisms in Immm-Ni2(Cr,Mo,W)-containing Haynes® 244® Superalloy," Thomas Mann, Purdue University
Undergraduate: "Computational Indicators of Ductility in Compositionally-complex B2 Alloys," Emily Hwang, Harvey Mudd College

Scenes from Tuesday at TMS2020

Early Career Faculty Fellows Jessica Krogstad, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and C. Cem Tasan, MIT, spoke at the Young Professionals Tutorial Luncheon and Lecture. Krogstad presented “Challenging the Paradigm for Materials in Extreme Environments,” where she encouraged materials scientists to further modernization of processing property relationships by expecting change in the service of materials. “Deliberately dynamic materials would improve in extreme environments instead of degrading,” Krogstad said. Tasan spoke on refractory high-entropy alloys (rHEA), returning to a theme at the core of the field to ask what mixing thermodynamics could do for rHEA. Both lecturers also gave career advice that underscored the importance of communication skills and networking, along with good work. “Rely on a little randomness and make observations. Whatever path you are following, it takes a lot of work,” Tasan said.

Markus Reuter (pictured, top left) of the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology addressed guests at the Extraction & Processing Division (EPD)/Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division (MPMD)/PbZn 2020 Luncheon on Tuesday afternoon as the event's featured speaker. Reuter's talk, "Process Metallurgy as a Key Enabler of the Circular Economy: Digital Twinning of the Resource and Processing System," included a discussion of how the public perceives the role of metals in society and how we can help promote a more accurate message about our field. "It's a beautiful field to be in," said Reuter. A number of EPD and MPMD awards were also delivered during the luncheon; for a detailed look at this year's division-level and society-level award recipients, see the TMS2020 Conference Guide. 

Natasha Vermaak delivers the opening presentation, "Leveraging Materials in Topology Optimization," at the symposium of the same name on Tuesday morning. Vermaak organized this special session at TMS2020 in her role as a recipient of the inaugural TMS Frontiers of Materials award. The symposium consisted of seven invited speakers who are innovating methods and applications of design and topology optimization for materials. The session featured such unique contributors as a designer who uses 3D printing to create fashion and an architect/artist who transforms waste items like coffee grounds and grape seeds into objects like coffee cups and wine glasses through 3D printing.

The newest inductees of the TMS Foundation's Honorific Societies were recognized at the TMS Foundation Donor Appreciation Reception and Dinner on Tuesday evening. These individuals are:

  • Diamond Society: Robyn and Rob Wagoner
  • Gold Society: Deepa and Brajendra Mishra, David Alan Shifler 
  • Titanium Society: Cynthia Bognar, Joan and David H. DeYoung, Mary C. and Robert D. Shull, Joan and James Yurko
  • Silver Society: Antoine Allanore, Nancy and David Bourell, Anne and Jonathan Dantzig, James Foley, John Hryn, Luis Ortiz, Christopher Schuh, Ingo Wender

TMS appreciates the contributions of these generous donors who support the future of our profession!

The PbZn 2020 symposium continued its plenary session series on Tuesday morning, looking this time at current challenges and opportunities. Maurits Van Camp, Umicore (pictured, speaking), focused on the steps the lead industry needs to take to continue its path toward sustainability, noting that the further improvement of lead batteries is key. The final PbZn 2020 plenary, Lead and Zinc Sustainability and Social License, begins this morning at 8:30 a.m. in Room 15A of the San Diego Convention Center. Please note that Matthew Raiford, Consortium for Battery Innovation, will deliver the presentation, "Developing a Sustainable Global Lead Battery Value Chain," on behalf of the originally scheduled speaker, Andy Bush, at this session.

Three TMS members were honored at Tuesday afternoon's Acta Materialia Award Symposium (pictured, speaking, from left): Enrique Lavernia, University of California, Irvine, recipient of the Acta Materialia Gold Medal; Diana Lados, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, for receiving the Acta Materialia Silver Medal; and Lynnette Madsen, National Science Foundation, for receiving the Acta Materialia Hollomon Award for Materials and Society.

"There's more than one way to go through grad school," said Kester Clarke (pictured, speaking), Colorado School of Mines, during Tuesday afternoon's Student Career Forum panel discussion. More broadly, the experiences shared by the six panelists at this interactive session demonstrated that there is more than one way to build a career in materials science and engineering. Each of the panelists, who represented industry, academia, and government, shared the story of their own career paths with an audience of graduate and undergraduate students and fielded questions on how and when (and if) to go to grad school, what it takes to create your own business, and how to recognize an opportunity when you see it, including opportunities that present themselves at a conference like TMS2020. "Developing a network where everyone trusts you is important," said Clarke. "Go and meet and talk to everyone this week. These meetings are really valuable for this."

Diversity & Inclusion Breakfast
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Room 6B

7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Hall AB1 Prefunction 

TMS Member Welcome Center
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Ballroom 6 Lobby 

Technical Programming Sessions
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center and Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

TMS2020 Exhibition
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Sails Pavilion 

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
11:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Sails Pavilion 

TMS-AIME Awards Ceremony
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, Marriott Ballroom F/G 
Reception begins at 5:30 and dinner at 7:30 for those who purchased tickets.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

"The future is bright for materials engineers—especially for materials engineers working in the gas turbine industries," said Solar Turbines Inc.'s John Mason in his concluding remarks as the 2020 TMS All-Conference Plenary Speaker. Mason's plenary talk introduced the audience to work being done at Solar Turbines, a company headquartered in San Diego, and the materials engineering innovations that are driving gas turbine technology development at the company. Solar Turbines representatives are available at Booth 608 in the TMS2020 Exhibit Hall to further discuss the company and its work this week.  

Attendees gathered on Monday evening in the Sails Pavilion for the Exhibit Opening Reception & Poster Session I, where they could meet with exhibitors, enjoy appetizers and drinks, and preview new poster session elements in the Diffusion Zone (including the digital posters and virtual reality demonstration pictured above).

Poster Session Voting & Results

"Great Poster Design." "Impressive Results." "Innovative Methodology." "Excellent Presentation." Attendees could use the TMS2020 App to encourage poster presenters and recognize quality work with comments like these. Some of the most commented on posters from Monday night's poster session included: 

Most Votes for Excellent Presentation 
“A-40: Strengthening Effect and Thermal Stability of Sub-grain Solidification Structures in L-PBF Stainless Steel 316L,” Thomas Voisin,, Jean-Baptiste Forien, and Y. Morris Wang, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Most Votes for Impressive Results
“SPG-36: An Investigation on Internal Oxidation of FeCrAlY Alloys in Selective Laser Melting,” Saereh Mirzababaei, Milad Ghayoor, and Somayeh Pasebani, Oregon State University
The comment features will be active again at this evening's poster session. Simply search the poster number in the TMS2020 App to leave your feedback. New posters will be on display from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the Exhibit Hall Happy Hour & Poster Session II event on Tuesday.

Scenes from Monday at TMS2020

The 9th International Symposium on Lead and Zinc Processing (PbZn 2020) opened on Monday morning with a plenary session on the future outlook for lead and zinc. 2020 TMS Extraction & Processing Division Distinguished Lecturer Philip Mackey of Worley (pictured, speaking) took listeners on a whirlwind tour, stopping at 46 lead and zinc smelters in 24 countries in the course of his presentation. Pictured are the morning's plenary speakers with members of the PbZn 2020 Organizing Committee, from left: Stephen James, Nyrstar; Huw Roberts, CHR Metals Limited; Andreas Siegmund, LanMetCon LLC; Mackey; and Joseph Grogan, Gopher Resource.

"As an industry, we're competing for the bright stars of the future," said Joe H. Lombard of Hatch, at the 2020 Light Metals Keynote session on Monday morning. Lombard was one of five speakers from industry and academia, hailing from New Zealand, Canada, Norway, and the United States, to share their views on how the light metals industry can attract and grow the next generation of technical talent. Pictured in main photo, left to right, are speakers Alan Luo, The Ohio State University; Lombard; Margaret Hyland, University of Wellington, New Zealand; Corleen Chesonis, session organizer; Nina Dahl, SINTEF Industry; and Robert B. Wagstaff, Oculatus Inc.

Carlos Tome (pictured, speaking), Los Alamos National Laboratory, discusses "Twin Transmission across Grain Boundaries in Magnesium" at the Magnesium Technology 2020 keynote session on Monday morning. This session of invited talks kicked off the popular Magnesium Technology 2020 symposium. Magnesium Technology sessions will continue throughout the week in Room 6C of the San Diego Convention Center with sessions on Alloy Design and Solidification; Fundamentals, Mechanical Behavior, Twinning, Plasticity, and Texture I & II; Thermomechanical Processing; Corrosion; and Solidification and Production of Magnesium.

"Everything that was old at TMS is new again because of additive manufacturing," said Douglas Hofmann during the closing presentation of the Additive Manufacturing Keynote Session on Monday, noting how the rise in additive manufacturing has affected the overall field of metallurgy. Hofmann, who is the inaugural recipient of the TMS Young Innovator in the Materials Science of Additive Manufacturing Award, was one of four speakers at yesterday's well-attended keynote session, which brought together participants from the eight additive manufacturing symposia that are being held this week at TMS.

Ricardo Lebensohn, Los Alamos National Laboratory (pictured, top), discussed "How Modelers Are Keeping up with Emerging Materials Characterization and Data Analytics Techniques" as the featured speaker at the Structural Materials Division (SMD) Luncheon on Monday afternoon. Also at the luncheon, the SMD honored several of its distinguished members with awards, including (pictured, left to right): Aeriel Murphy-Leonard and Richard Oleksak, who received SMD Young Leaders Professional Development Awards; Rajiv Mishra, SMD Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award recipient; and Ellen Cerreta, SMD Distinguished Service Award recipient. A full list of award recipients can be found in the TMS2020 Conference Guide.

Adam Powell, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, delivered the keynote talk for the Electrometallurgy 2020 symposium on Monday afternoon. His talk looked at several ways that electrometallurgy can play a key role in addressing climate change-related issues, while exploring ties to the work of MIT Professor Donald Sadoway, who will be honored later this week with the symposium Process Metallurgy and Electrochemistry of Molten Salts, Liquid Metal Batteries, and Extra-Terrestrial Materials Processing: An EPD Symposium in Honor of Don Sadoway. Also known as the Sadoway 70 symposium, this event will be held in Room 14A of the San Diego Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday.

Ursula Kattner, National Institute of Standards and Technology, delivered the William Hume-Rothery Award Lecture, "Phase Diagrams, Computational Thermodynamics and CALPHAD," on Monday morning to open the Hume-Rothery Symposium: Thermodynamics, Phase Equilibria and Kinetics for Materials Design and Engineering. The symposium continues today and tomorrow in Room 32A of the San Diego Convention Center.

Highlights of the latest TMS study, Creating the Next-Generation Materials Genome Initiative Workforce, were part of the symposium, Expanding the Boundaries of Materials Science: Unconventional Collaborations, organized by students from North Carolina State University and the University of Florida. David McDowell, Georgia Institute of Technology (pictured, top), described the study and how it could impact the materials science and engineering workforce. “We require a sustained community effort to reform the curricula. It’s time to build out the momentum in federal agencies, professional societies, and academia,” McDowell said. Copies of the study are available for free at the Member Welcome Center or for download at Symposium presenters and organizers included (pictured, left to right): Benjamin Anthony (organizer), University of Florida; McDowell; Matthew Horton (speaker), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and Sourabh Kadambi (program organizer), North Carolina State University. 

At this morning's PbZn plenary session, Lead and Zinc Current Challenges and Opportunities, Andreas Siegmund, chair of the PbZn 2020 organizing committee, will deliver the presentation "Lead and Zinc Smelting Technology in China under Green Development" on behalf of Liu Cheng, China ENFI Engineering Corporation.

Correction to Monday's Newsletter
The first Frontiers of Materials symposium, Leveraging Materials in Topology Optimization, organized by Natasha Vermaak, will be held today from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Room 4 of the San Diego Convention Center (not on Monday, as stated in yesterday's newsletter). The second Frontiers of Materials symposium, Machine Learning and Autonomous Researchers for Materials Discovery and Design, organized by Keith Brown, will still be held Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the same location. 

Programming Support Desk
7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Hall AB1 Prefunction

7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Hall AB1 Prefunction 

TMS Member Welcome Center
7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Ballroom 6 Lobby 

Technical Programming Sessions
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center and Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

TMS2020 Exhibition
11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Sails Pavilion 

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
11:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Sails Pavilion 

EPD/MPMD/PbZn2020 Luncheon
Noon to 2:00 p.m. 
San Diego Convention Center, Room 6B

Young Professional Tutorial Luncheon Lecture 
Noon to 2:00 p.m. 
San Diego Convention Center, Room 6A

Student Career Forum
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Room 19

Exhibit Hall Happy Hour & Poster Session II
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Sails Pavilion 

Monday, February 24, 2020

All-Conference Plenary Begins at Noon
John Mason, Director of Gas Turbine Products Engineering at Solar Turbines Incorporated, will deliver the all-conference plenary presentation, "Leveraging Materials Innovation to Drive Industrial Gas Turbine Performance and Secure a Sustainable Future," from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 6A of the San Diego Convention Center. 

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall 
Following the plenary session, lunch will be served in the TMS2020 Exhibit Hall, located in the Sails Pavilion. All full-conference attendees receive lunch on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in the exhibit hall as part of their registration fee. Lunch tickets are attached to your attendee registration badge.

Adjusted Start Times for Monday Technical Program
To make the Monday mid-day plenary possible, technical sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m. today and end at 6:00 p.m. Programming hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for the remainder of the week (Tuesday through Thursday).

NEW Silent Sessions at TMS2020
In Hall A of the San Diego Convention Center, select sessions in the Characterization and Nuclear Materials technical tracks will be piloting silent-session technology. In these sessions, presenters will deliver their talks as usual: speaking at a normal conversation volume into a microphone. Attendees will then listen to the talk through a set of earphones, which they can adjust to their preferred volume level. This new approach allows related symposia to be grouped more closely together, making it easier for attendees to move between related sessions and to network in a shared lounge area.

NEW Frontiers of Materials Award Symposia
CORRECTION: Vermaak's symposium and presentation will be held Tuesday, February 25, at the time and locations listed below, not on Monday. Apologies for this mistake.
This week, TMS2020 will feature two special symposia as part of the inaugural Frontiers of Materials Award given to top-performing early career professionals. As part of their awards, each honoree has organized a symposium on a hot or emergent technical topic. Today, awardee Natasha Vermaak's symposium, Leveraging Materials in Topology Optimization, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Room 4 of the San Diego Convention Center. On Thursday, awardee Keith Brown's symposium, Machine Learning and Autonomous Researchers for Materials Discovery and Design, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the same location.

Exhibit Hall Opens Today at 11:00
A directory listing the companies that will be participating in this year's exhibit can be found in the Conference Guide you received at registration. The following changes have been made to the exhibit since this directory was printed: 

New Exhibitors
  • DT Equipment, Booth #721
  • Environmental Monitoring & Control Limited, Booth #302
  • International Magnesium Association, Booth #703
  • REL, Inc. Booth #408
  • Southwire SCR Technologies, Booth #303
Booth Number Changes
  • Alemnis AG, New Booth #410
  • Nuclear Science User Facilities, New Booth #624
The following organizations had to cancel due to travel restrictions but will join us in Orlando next year for the TMS 2021 Annual Meeting & Exhibition: 
  • Chongqing University (Journal of Magnesium and Alloys
  • Shandong Hwapeng Precision Machinery Co., Ltd.
  • Shenyang Aluminum & Magnesium Engineering and Research Institute
  • Zhengzhou Jingwei Technology Industry Co.,Ltd.
An updated listing of exhibitors can also be found in the "Exhibitors" section of the TMS2020 App (found under the "More" menu).

Preview the Diffusion Zone
On Monday and Tuesday evening, the TMS Exhibit Hall will host two poster sessions. In addition to traditional poster presentations, these sessions will include sneak preview elements of The Diffusion Zone, a new approach to the TMS poster session set to launch officially at TMS2021. As part of the Diffusion Zone, you can:
  • Experience Interactive Digital Posters
  • Explore Invited Posters
  • Engage in a Virtual Reality Demonstration
  • Comment on Posters and Cast Your Vote for the Best Work
The Poster Session will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. this evening in the Sails Pavilion.

New Speaker for Wednesday's LMD Luncheon

Grant Pattinson, manager, Tesla's Materials Engineering Metals and Ceramics team, will deliver the Light Metals Division Luncheon lecture on Wednesday in place of the previously announced speaker. His lecture, titled "The Big Knobs of Materials Development," refers to the roles of the fine and coarse focus knobs on a microscope.

"If you walk up to a microscope and start to focus it using the fine focus, you may stumble on the clear image you wanted to see, but more likely you’ll spend a lot of time and effort getting nowhere useful. What you want to do is to start with the biggest knob, or coarse focus first," reads Pattinson's abstract. This talk will look at some high impact problems and how understanding limitations can be one of the biggest "knobs" leading to innovative solutions.

All TMS2020 attendees are invited to listen to the lecture, but tickets must be purchased at the registration desk no later than 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday to receive a catered lunch at the event.

Scenes from Sunday at TMS2020

The TMS Board of Directors gathered on Sunday at the Marriott Marquis hotel for their first meeting of the week. Pictured are members of the 2019-2020 Board.

2019 TMS President James C. Foley presented copies of the Magnesium Technology 2020 and Light Metals 2020 proceedings to the volume's editors at Sunday's Magnesium and Aluminum committee meetings. This year's editors for Magnesium Technology (from left to right) are Neale R. Neelameggham, Victoria Miller,  J. Brian Jordon, and Vineet Joshi. Alan Tomsett edited the 2020 edition of Light Metals.

The Colorado School of Mines "Orediggers" team successfully defended their title as Materials Bowl champions at the 2020 TMS Materials Bowl, where they faced off against the University of Illinois "Speedy Spinels" in the final round of this day-long competition. This is the third consecutive win for the team and their eighth win overall. 2019 TMS President James C. Foley presented the trophy to the winning team members (from left to right): John Copley, Cierra Dellarova, Melissa Thrun, and Chad Haunschild. The event was sponsored by Goodfellow.

Following the Materials Bowl, students had the chance to relax and meet up with participants from other schools at the Student Networking Mixer.

Friends and colleagues connect at the TMS Fellows and Invited Guests Reception, which took place on Sunday evening at the Marriott Marquis hotel.

Programming Support Desk
7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Hall AB1 Prefunction 

7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Hall AB1 Prefunction 

TMS Member Welcome Center
7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Ballroom 6 Lobby

Technical Programming Sessions
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center and Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

TMS2020 Exhibition
11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Sails Pavilion

All-Conference Plenary Session
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Room 6A

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Sails Pavilion

TMS Structural Materials Division Luncheon
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
San Diego Convention Center, Room 6B

Exhibit Opening Reception and Poster Session I
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Sails Pavilion

PuBZoNe Networking Reception
Advance Ticket Purchase Required
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
Offsite: Barleymash Restaurant

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Welcome to TMS2020!
We're so glad you've decided to join us at the 149th installment of the TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Over the next five days, this newsletter will serve as your daily guide to meeting news and information. Read on for practical information on where to find everything you need and for guidance on what's happening today.

Where to Find Registration
Before you can attend technical sessions, social events, or any other activities at TMS2020, you'll need to pick up your registration packet. Today, registration will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Hall AB1 Pre-Function Area on the ground level of the San Diego Convention Center.

Your packet includes your registration badge, which will give you access to your meeting events. Attached to your badge, you will find tickets for any luncheons, banquets, or other events that you purchased when registering for the conference. Please do not lose these items; there is a $25 replacement fee to reprint lost badges.

A valid photo ID is required to pick up your badge at registration. In addition, students will be required to show a valid student ID to receive the discounted student registration rate. 

Visit the TMS Member Welcome Center
After you receive your registration badge, visit the TMS Member Welcome Center, located near registration. At the welcome center, you can:

  • Redeem the ticket attached to your badge for your TMS2020 commemorative coin, honoring the 25th anniversary of TMS going digital
  • Learn how to access technical program information through the TMS2020 App or pick up a print copy of the TMS2020 technical program
  • Pick up a copy of TMS's newest study, Creating the Next-Generation Materials Genome Initiative Workforce
  • If this is your first time at a TMS Annual Meeting, use the ticket attached to your registration badge to claim your first-time attendee gift and learn about the benefits available to you as a member of TMS. Please note that if you registered for the meeting at the non-member rate, your registration fee includes TMS membership for the remainder of 2020
  • If you have attended ten or more consecutive TMS Annual Meetings, you can redeem the ticket attached to your badge for a special thank-you gift to loyal attendees
  • View the TMS Foundation Honor Roll to view the individuals who have helped support important outreach programs through their 2019 donations to the TMS Foundation
Of course, you can also stop by the booth and ask our staff any questions you may have about your TMS membership. The Member Welcome Center is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

How to Access Wi-Fi
Free wireless internet access is available in all areas of the San Diego Convention Center and in the TMS meeting space in the south tower of the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. To access, choose the network TMS2020 and enter the password materials.

Download the TMS2020 App
The TMS2020 App is your source for the most up-to-date version of the week's technical program. We strongly encourage you to download the App for access to real-time program updates and interactive venue maps, to create your own personalized conference schedule, and more. This year's App has a new look and new features, so be sure to try it out. Search "TMS Annual Meeting" in the App Store or the Google Play™ Store to download or, you can access it through a web browser at

Please note that a log in is required for most functions. You can log in using the same e-mail address you used when registering for TMS2020.

Need help using the App? Visit the TMS Member Welcome Center or one of the Member Welcome booths, located on the upper level of the convention center and on Level 1 of the Marriott Marquis.
Attend a Technical Committee Meeting to Get More Involved with TMS
One of the best ways to establish networking connections that will last far beyond this week is to attend a TMS technical committee meeting here in San Diego. TMS has more than 30 technical committees, and each one is made up of volunteers who guide the programming, publications, and other activities of the society in that subject area. 

All TMS2020 attendees are welcome to attend technical committee meetings. Please select the committee that best matches your interest area and join us! (Not sure which committee would be best for you? Check the TMS2020 technical program to see which committees sponsor the programming that you attend.) View a complete schedule of technical committee meetings as a PDF or see the listing on page 24 of your conference guide.

Please note that there has been a room change for Tuesday's High Temperature Alloys Committee meeting since the printing of the conference guide. That committee will now meet in the Carlsbad Room of the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.

Where to Find Business Services
A FedEx Office business center, located in Lobby D of the San Diego Convention Center, offers shipping, mailing, printing, and other business services to attendees for a fee.

Where to Find Coffee and Concessions
The following concession areas will be open throughout the week in the San Diego Convention Center for coffee and snacks:
  • Starbucks Coffee, Lobby A, San Diego Convention Center
  • Mrs. Fields Cookies/Auntie Anne Pretzels Concession Cart, Lobby A and 6 Foyer
Remember that your TMS2020 registration includes lunch in the exhibit hall on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Tickets for these lunches are attached to your registration badge.

Where to Find Emergency Procedures and Health Resources
Through the TMS website, you can view Emergency Procedures for the convention center and the Marriott Marquis hotel and access information on Health Resources, including a list of local hospitals and pharmacies.

Explore San Diego
Get to know our host city by exploring this welcome site for TMS2020 attendees, from the San Diego visitor's bureau. Enjoy your first day at TMS2020! 

What's On Today

Professional Development Courses
Courses run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Programming Support Desk 
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
San Diego Convention Center, Hall AB1 Pre-Function

Materials Bowl Competition
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Room 6A

Student Networking Mixer
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Room 6B

TMS LGBTQ+ and Allies Mixer
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Room 3

TMS2020 Professional Development Courses

The following workshops and short courses will be held in conjunction with the TMS 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition on Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23:

Two-Day Course Offering
Dates: February 22–23, 2020 
  • Lead Processing Course

One-Day Events 
All one-day courses held February 23, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Zinc Processing Course
  • Improving Aluminum Cell Performance and Cell Retrofit with Hands-on HHCellVolt Model Usage
  • Modeling the Coevolution of Microstructure and Properties using the MOOSE Framework
  • Advanced Microelectronics Packaging, Interconnection Technology, and Pb-Free Solders
Half-Day Events
All half-day events held February 23, 2020
  • Formation, Characterization and Treatment of Spent Potlining
    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Additive Manufacturing Materials and Processes Workshop
    Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Visit the TMS2020 Registration Desk, opening at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 23, to register. Learn more about TMS2020 Professional Development courses.

Welcome to TMS2020!

Want to stay informed of everything that's happening at the TMS 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2020)? Stick with us. TMS2020 News will be published daily, Sunday through Thursday, during the conference. Check each morning for a reminder of the big events planned for the day, as well as for recaps and photos from events happening around the meeting. So before you start your day at TMS2020, sit down with a cup of coffee and skim TMS2020 News so that you don't miss a thing! (Not sure where to find a cup of coffee? We can tell you that, too.)

And don't worry about adding this to your to-do list--we'll send a friendly e-mail reminder each morning. See you in San Diego!