What It Means to Me

What does it mean to make a donation to the TMS Foundation? How will your dollars help support the next generation of materials scientists and engineers? Read some of the stories below from past and current award recipients to see what support from the TMS Foundation means.


Pictured: Christina Meskers, Jacob McMurray

The Young Leaders Professional Development Award is an opportunity to develop my leadership skills, present my current research, and grow my professional network, particularly with prominent Society members.
Jacob McMurray

“The TMS Foundation has benefited me both as a graduate student and now as an early career professional. In 2014, I received the AIME Henry deWitt Smith Scholarship that help offset educational expenses and allowed me to travel to San Diego for the TMS 2014 Annual Meeting. The Young Leaders Professional Development Award is an opportunity to develop my leadership skills, present my current research, and grow my professional network, particularly with prominent Society members. Both awards are high honors; they give credibility to my work and enrich my learning, research, and professional development.”

Jacob McMurray
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
2018 Extraction & Processing Division Young Leader



Pictured: Bevlee Watford

A national award such as the TMS Ellen Swallow Richards Diversity Award can often make a huge difference, providing much-needed acknowledgement that this work is important.
Bevlee Watford

“I am extremely honored to be a recipient of this award. I have spent my career supporting students who seek to earn an engineering degree, with particular emphasis on students who are underrepresented. This type of work often goes unsupported and unrecognized in the academic promotion and tenure process, often resulting in personal sacrifice by those who choose to devote their efforts. A national award such as the TMS Ellen Swallow Richards Diversity Award can often make a huge difference, providing much-needed acknowledgement that this work is important. I applaud the TMS Foundation for funding this award.”

Bevlee Watford
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2018 Ellen Swallow Richards Diversity Award recipient



Pictured: Samuel Wagstaff, Eric Nyberg

TMS and the TMS Foundation have been some of the major catalysts in my career thus far. I look forward to the further collaborations, discussions, and discoveries that it will inspire in the years to come.
Samuel Wagstaff

“The TMS Foundation has been a source of inspiration to me for nearly my entire life. As I watched my father, Robert Wagstaff, prepare for presentations and publications it inspired me to dig deeper, and search further, throughout my entire education. As a TMS member myself now, I can take part in those same discussions, be a part of the greater scientific community, and draw inspiration from and foster collaboration with my peers. TMS and the TMS Foundation have been some of the major catalysts in my career thus far. I look forward to the further collaborations, discussions, and discoveries that it will inspire in the years to come.”

Samuel Wagstaff
Novelis Inc.
2019 Light Metals Division Young Leader



Pictured: Kevin Hemker, Jennifer L.W. Carter

The Society and the awards provided by the Foundation have allowed me to participate in and direct technical discussions that impact our community.
Jennifer L.W. Carter

“TMS membership and the TMS Foundation have been instrumental in my success as a young leader, a materials engineer, and a materials educator. The Society and the awards provided by the Foundation have allowed me to participate in and direct technical discussions that impact our community. When I look for mentors and collaborators, I look to my peers in TMS for support. I highly value the commitment that the TMS membership has made to my success and I recommend to all my students that they volunteer and get involved with TMS. It is during the discussions at the annual meetings, and other TMS-sponsored meetings, that the future is discussed and brought one step closer.”

Jennifer L.W. Carter
Case Western Reserve University
2019 TMS/Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) Young Leaders International Scholar