September 3, 2019

In This Issue

ABET Preparation Training Planned at MS&T19

Both program evaluators and university program chairs and staff members will benefit from attending the ABET Preparation Training session planned for Sunday, September 29, at the Materials Science & Technology 2019 (MS&T19) conference in Portland, Oregon.

The TMS Accreditation Committee has held refresher training sessions to help ABET program evaluators prepare for university visits for many years. For 2019, this session has been revamped to also include more information to help program chairs and university staff members to prepare their self-studies and get ready for their visits.

Topics that chairs and university staff may find useful include:
  • What is expected of program evaluators
  • How satisfaction of criteria is assessed and what the keywords are. (This area is especially important since Criteria 3 and 5 have changes, as well as some added definitions.)
  • Tips on preparing the self-study
  • What to expect during the visit
  • Definitions for the terms ‘shortcomings’ and ‘strengths’
  • What to expect after the visit

Mark your calendar now for this upcoming event:

ABET Preparation Training
Presenter: Gregg Janowski, University of Alabama-Birmingham, and chair, TMS Accreditation Committee
Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Portland, 3 Sisters Room

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Mary Samsa at TMS. There is no fee to attend.

TMS is the ABET Participating Body with lead society curricular responsibility for programs in metallurgical, materials, and similarly named engineering programs, including programs in polymers, welding engineering, and welding technology. TMS appoints representatives to the ABET Board and its commissions and appoints members to serve on accreditation teams to visit the programs for which TMS has curricular responsibility or shares responsibility with another participating society. You can learn more about TMS Accreditation activities and becoming a program evaluator at the TMS University Program Accreditation (ABET) website.

Registration is still open for MS&T19 in Portland, Oregon, September 29–October 3. Learn how to join TMS and its partnering societies at this mult-disciplinary technical meeting and exhibition.


Uday Pal Named Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy Co-Editor-in-Chief

Uday Pal, professor at Boston University, has joined Bart Blanpain, KU Leuven, and Shin-ya Kitamura, Tohoku University, as co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy. Pal has been a member of the TMS journal’s editorial board since its launch in 2015. He replaces Julie Schoenung, University of California, Irvine, who is stepping down as co-editor-in-chief after three years of service.

The overarching theme of Pal’s research at Boston University has been to find materials-based solutions to critical environmental and energy crises. In 2015, he received two awards recognizing his pioneering work in the new field of green metallurgy and materials as applied to primary production and recycling of metals: the James Douglas Gold Medal (an award sponsored by TMS, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, and the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers) and the TMS Extraction & Processing Division Distinguished Lecturer Award.

The Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy is a quarterly publication dedicated to presenting metallurgical processes and related research aimed at improving the sustainability of metal-producing industries, with an emphasis on materials recovery, reuse, and recycling. This publication is one of six TMS journals that members can read free of charge as part of their TMS membership. Log in to the Journals page of the TMS website to begin reading and to learn how to submit a paper for an upcoming issue.

Give Us a Word is Back!

Influential. Friendly. Reliable. These are just a few of the words that TMS members used to describe their Society when we asked them to give us one word that defines TMS. The artwork shown here, created a few years ago, summarizes the generous responses we received from our members.

Think there’s a word that’s missing? Let us know on social media! Write down your word, snap a photo of yourself (with your word), and share it with us by tweeting @TMSSociety and using #TMSmembers.

We encourage you to be creative. Whether you write your word on a whiteboard, in sidewalk chalk, or tattoo it on your arm, we’d like to hear what TMS means to you.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with!