August 3, 2017

In This Issue

MS&T Conference Series Sets Course for the Future

Change is coming to the Materials Science & Technology (MS&T) annual technical meeting and exhibition series. In recent years, the event has been held as a collaboration of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS); ASM International; the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST); and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). Immediately following MS&T19 in Portland, Oregon, ASM International will leave the partnership, and the meeting will continue to be organized by the three remaining societies.

A recent message from ACerS, AIST, and TMS leadership to their respective memberships addressed a few of the questions that members may have regarding this change.

“First, we thank ASM for its past and still-to-be realized contributions to MS&T as they will indeed remain a full partner of the event until 2020," the message said. "Second, we confirm that MS&T will continue well beyond 2020 to serve the entire materials science and engineering community. The partners see the long-term future of the new MS&T as remarkably bright, shining with collaboration, cooperation, and your participation."
The message went on to discuss some of the new opportunities that the meeting partners plan to explore in coming years, such as:

  • Expanding the meeting's traditional open platform that addresses all materials, increasing interdisciplinary programming, and welcoming the participation of additional partnering societies
  • Accentuating individual society contributions to the meeting and displaying a clear presence and identity for each society's member community
  • Continuing a strong presence for the Material Advantage program
  • Expanding the MS&T exhibit, providing greater value for exhibitors and a quality experience for attendees
The August issue of JOM contains more information on upcoming plans for the MS&T meeting series, including TMS Executive Director James J. Robinson's comments on the future of MS&T in his editorial, "In the Final Analysis," as well as an MS&T17 preview article, which looks at the meeting to be held October 8–12, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

2018 Summit Planned on Diversity and Inclusion 

Establishing a clear path to meaningful engagement and tangible action will be the focus of Diversity in the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Professions 3 (DMMM3), planned for July 23–24, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California.  

The first two summits of the DMMM series opened the conversation and identified challenges to creating a more diverse and inclusive professional community. The third installment aims to build on that foundation, with a goal to:

  • Engage participants on the most recent social-science findings in the areas of diversity and inclusion while exploring current issues and potential solutions.
  • Measure progress and ensure positive outcomes for all through the establishment of well-informed and powerful lead measures and metrics.
  • Transform the professional community by implementing changes in workplace cultures and policies.
The DMMM3 organizing committee is led by Jonathan Madison, Senior Member of Technical Staff, Materials Science Center, Sandia National Laboratories.

"Issues of race, ethnicity and equal opportunity are challenging problems to be sure," said Madison. "However, I see TMS as the foremost organization within our profession that is not only large enough, but also courageous and passionate enough to make a significant impact on the future vector of diversity and inclusion within our field."

Meet the other members of the organizing committee and learn why they became involved with DMMM3 through the Organizers section of the DMMM3 website.
For background reading on diversity and inclusion issues, to access the TMS Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit, and to learn about opportunities for involvement in related TMS activities, visit the TMS Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives web page.

This summit is co-sponsored by the TMS Diversity Committee and The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.
Get Ready for TMS2018

Registration and housing will open for the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2018) in the next two months, but in the meantime, here are several things you can do to prepare for TMS2018: 

  • Submit Manuscripts: Manuscript submissions are due September 1 for TMS2018 proceedings volumes. More information can be found in the Proceedings Information section of the TMS2018 website.
  • Apply for Visas: Many of our international attendees will need a travel visa to enter the United States to attend TMS2018. We encourage you to start the travel visa application process as soon as possible, so you won’t miss out on TMS2018. Learn more and request a visa invitation letter through the TMS2018 website.
  • Spread the Word: Presenting at TMS2018? Let your colleagues know. Download the "I'm Attending" signature art to attach to your outgoing e-mails.
TMS2018 will be held March 11–15, 2018, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.