Young Professional Events

TMS2018 offers a number of activities and events designed to meet the specific needs of young professionals, aged 40 and under, working in the minerals, metals, and materials science and engineering fields.

Young Professional Workshop: Preparing a Winning Application Package to Find Your Future Job

Please note: Additional fees/registration required for this event.

Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Location: Phoenix Convention Center

In this three-hour workshop, instructors from a national laboratory, a university, and an industry will share their experiences in obtaining and/or recruiting entry-level positions (postdocs, tenure-track faculty positions, etc.). Learn more about this professional development workshop.

TMS101: Fundamentals of TMS

Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Phoenix Convention Center, Room 121B

Speakers: Megan Cordill, Erich Schmid Institute; Jeffery Fergus, Auburn University; James C. Foley, Los Alamos National Laboratory and incoming TMS Vice President; Clarissa Yablinsky, Los Alamos National Laboratory 

Want to get more involved in TMS, but don’t know where to start? Attend TMS 101: Fundamentals of TMS. This one-hour presentation will provide a brief overview of how TMS works and a concise, practical explanation of how you can get more involved in the society’s activities. Led by experienced TMS volunteers, TMS 101 will help you to take advantage of the many networking and professional development opportunities within the organization. This session is open to all TMS2018 attendees.

Meet a Mentor

Date: Monday, March 12, 2018
Time: 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Phoenix Convention Center

Seasoned professionals representing a combination of academic, government and industry career backgrounds will lead small discussion groups of young professionals and students as they plan and embark on their professional materials science careers. Mentors from a variety of technical, career, and social backgrounds will be on hand to answer questions and provide guidance and advice to mentees. Each mentee may select three discussion groups to join during this 90-minute program. Sign up and make connections with mentors that will last beyond your time in Phoenix.

General topics to be discussed include:

  • Transitioning from academia to career
  • Finding a work and life balance
  • Workplace communication
  • Working in a new city or country
  • Challenges for non-US citizens moving to/working in the US
  • Benefits of professional membership

These are general topics that will be used in guiding the mentor discussion during the event. Mentees will also have ample opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance.

If you would like to share your experience with early career professionals as a mentor at this event, please complete the Mentor Volunteer Sign-Up Form. If you are a graduate student or early career professional who would like to participate in this event as a mentee, please complete the Mentee Enrollment Form. Be sure to indicate which topic areas you would be most interested in discussing.

Young Professional Committee Meeting

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Time: 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

The mission of the Young Professionals Committee is to create opportunities and provide avenues for young professionals to increase their involvement in The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. This committee meeting is open to all TMS members, age 40 or younger, who have graduated.

Scientific Publishing Workshop: Excelling as an Author, Reviewer, or Editor

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Many scientists and engineers are expected to publish papers and contribute to the literature of their field as part of their careers. This session will begin by providing tips for developing and submitting publishable content to technical journals. For those who wish to dive a little deeper into the publishing process, this session will also look at the activities of serving as a reviewer and editor for technical journals. The session will conclude with a panel discussion that offers participants the opportunity to ask questions of a broad range of professionals active in scientific publishing. This comprehensive overview of the publishing process will benefit anyone who aspires to write for, review for, or edit a technical journal, as well as anyone already active in these roles.

This workshop is open to all TMS2018 attendees. There is no charge to attend.

Learn more.

Attend a TMS Technical Committee Meeting

If you are interested in networking with professionals who work in your particular area of study, attending a TMS technical committee meeting is an excellent way to meet others with similar technical interests, while helping you to better understand TMS, how it works, and how it can benefit your career. More than 30 TMS technical committees from all five TMS technical divisions will hold committee meetings during TMS2018. These meetings are open to all meeting attendees. You do not have to RSVP to participate. A preliminary schedule of committee meetings can be found in the TMS2018 Attendee Toolbox. Find the one that best suits your technical interests and add it to your meeting itinerary.