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New TMS Awards Provide Opportunities for Young Professionals

TMS has added two new awards for early career professionals to its 2020 awards cycle. The TMS Frontiers of Materials Award lets young professionals gain valuable programming experience and helps them build a name for themselves in the community by organizing a symposium for a future TMS Annual Meeting, while the TMS Young Innovator in the Materials Science of Additive Manufacturing Award recognizes an outstanding, early career individual with a highlighted award lecture. 

The Frontiers of Materials Award honors a top-performing young professional, who will organize a symposium in a novel, exciting, or emerging topic area. The award recipient will also be asked to deliver the keynote lecture at the symposium and organize a suite of thematic papers for an upcoming issue of JOM. To assist the recipient in coordinating the event, up to $5,000 will be granted to offset any non-standard direct expenses such as special session room elements, registration waivers, and travel support for invited speakers.

The TMS Young Innovator in the Materials Science of Additive Manufacturing Award recognizes an outstanding, early career individual who is performing innovative research in the area of the materials science of additive manufacturing. The recipient will deliver an award lecture during the Additive Manufacturing Joint Keynote Session held during the TMS 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

Applications for both of these 2020 awards will be accepted through April 1, 2019. Learn more about these awards and the application process through the TMS Honors & Awards website.  

TMS Members Elected to National Academy of Engineering

TMS congratulates five of its distinguished members who have been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for 2019. Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer and honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education." 

The following TMS members will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the NAE's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on October 6, 2019. 

Wei Chen is the Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design and professor of mechanical engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She was elected “for contributions to design under uncertainty in products and systems, and leadership in the engineering design community.” Chen participated in the development of the recent TMS studies, Verification & Validation of Computational Models Associated with the Mechanics of Materials and Advanced Computation and Data in Materials and Manufacturing: Core Knowledge Gaps and Opportunities.   

Charles J. Kuehmann is vice president of materials engineering at SpaceX and Tesla Motors in Palo Alto, California. He was elected “for contributions to the creation and commercialization of computational materials design.” Kuehmann delivered the all-conference plenary presentation at the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition. 

Christopher A. Schuh is department head and professor, materials science and engineering, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was elected “for contributions to design science and application of nanocrystalline metals.” Schuh is a TMS Fellow, Class of 2015. 

Sheldon Lee Semiatin is senior scientist, materials/processing science and research leader in the Metals Processing Group at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. He was elected “for contributions to thermomechanical processing of aerospace alloys and emerging intermetallic materials.” Semiatin is a TMS Fellow, Class of 2008. 

John G. Speer is John Henry Moore Distinguished Professor and director, Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. He was elected “for the conception, invention, and reduction to practice of quenching and partitioning steel.” Speer served as the 2018 president of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), of which TMS is a member society. He is also a member of the TMS Steels Committee.
Take a Deeper Look at Study Findings at TMS2019

Two special events at the TMS 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2019) in March will help attendees take a closer look at the findings of recent influential studies: Frontiers of Materials Research: A Decadal Survey, published by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, and Metamorphic Manufacturing: Shaping the Future of On-Demand Components, a new TMS study that is supported by the Office of Naval Research and the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow Manufacturing Institute.

On Tuesday, March 12, TMS will hold a special, one-hour session, starting at 12:15 p.m., to provide the TMS community with a brief overview of the soon-to-be-released publication, Frontiers of Materials Research: A Decadal Survey. Following opening remarks by James Warren of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 2018 TMS President Kevin Hemker will deliver a presentation on the outputs of the decadal survey, followed by a panel discussion in which several members of the study committee and other leading materials researchers will discuss their vision for the next ten years of the field. 

Moderator Steven Zinkle of the University of Tennessee will lead the panel discussion featuring the following participants:

  • Linda Horton, Department of Energy
  • Ian Robertson, University of Wisconsin
  • Linda Sapochak, National Science Foundation
  • Susan Sinnott, Pennsylvania State University
  • Mark Weaver, University of Alabama
On Wednesday, March 13, TMS2019 attendees are invited to pick up lunch in the exhibit hall and then sit down with the team of experts responsible for producing Metamorphic Manufacturing: Shaping the Future of On-Demand Components, a TMS study being released at TMS2019. Through a brief overview and informal conversation, participants will gain first-hand insights into this potentially disruptive technology that combines incremental deformation of a metalsmith with the precision and control of intelligent machines and robotic systems. Glenn Daehn of The Ohio State University, who served as the Study Team lead, will be the featured presenter at the event. The session is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

All TMS2019 attendees are welcome to participate in both events. Register for the conference today and add these sessions to your schedule at TMS2019.