Science Policy within the Materials Research Community

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Henry B. González Convention Center, Room 008B
TMS Education Committee and TMS Public & Governmental Affairs Committee
Kathleen Chou, Ashley M. Hilmas, Peter Meisenheimer, Max Powers, and Brian Tobelmann, University of Michigan

Explore the relationship between materials scientists and the science policy community at this one-day symposium that provides real-world examples and first-hand experiences from program managers, administrators, academic researchers, industry professionals, former congressional science and engineering fellows, and congressional consultants working in science policy.

This symposium will focus on the interconnection between the scientific community and science policies, the common obstacles that should be addressed in order to move forward with future research, and how science policy decisions affect the various scientific and engineering communities.

Featured Speakers:

Iver Anderson, Ames Laboratory
Presentation Title: "Advocating the Vital Importance of Support for Materials Research and Engineering Education"

Edward Herderick, The Ohio State University and 2009-2010 TMS/MRS Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow 
Presentation Title: "From the Lab to The Hill: How to Get a Job in Policy and What You’ll Do When You Get There"

Scott Litzelman, 2017-2018 TMS/MRS Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow
Presentation Title: "How Science Policy Really Gets Done in Congress"

Alexis Lewis, National Science Foundation
Presentation Title: "Opportunities and Trends in Materials Engineering Research Funding at the National Science Foundation"

John Vetrano, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Department of Energy
Presentation Title: "Program Management in a Federal Agency"

Alan Taub, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) and University of Michigan
Presentation Title: "Role of Public- Private Initiatives in Scientific Research"

Charles Ward, Air Force Research Laboratory
Presentation Title: "The Interplay of Materials Research, Advocacy, and Policy Development"

James Warren, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Presentation Title: "The MGI and Materials Research Policy"

A panel discussion with the speakers will follow these presentations.