October 5, 2017

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Registration Now Open for TMS2018

The TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition is the highlight of the TMS year, bringing together more than 4,000 minerals, metals, and materials scientists and engineers from around the world to a single location. Registration and housing are now open for TMS2018, the 147th installment of the TMS Annual Meeting, which will be held March 11-15 in Phoenix, Arizona. This year’s meeting will include a number of special features. 

For starters, all attendees will have access to the technical sessions of the 2nd International Conference on Computational Design and Simulation of Materials (CDSM 2018), which will be co-located with TMS2018. This specialty meeting within a meeting is co-sponsored by TMS and the Chinese Society for Metals and will present international perspectives on computational simulation and modeling to accelerate materials discovery and design.

New for 2018 will be an all-conference plenary session on the topic Defining the Future of Materials and Manufacturing Innovation, which will explore potential futures for the automotive and aerospace industries and discuss the need for new and innovative materials that can make game-changing advances possible. Charlie Kuehmann, vice president of Materials Engineering at SpaceX and vice president of Materials Engineering at Tesla Motors, will deliver the plenary address on Monday, March 12. 

In addition, TMS will offer 14 workshops and courses on Sunday, March 11, on a variety of topics. Browse our selection of Professional Development events and consider adding one to your TMS2018 meeting registration to make the most of your travel to Phoenix.

Some smaller changes are also planned to improve the overall attendee experience at TMS2018, all included with your registration fee. These changes were made in response to attendee feedback from previous years. 

More information on special events and activities planned for TMS2018 will be available in the coming weeks. Visit the TMS2018 website often for meeting updates.

Spend a Year as a Congressional Fellow

2017-2018 TMS-MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow, Scott Litzelman, will serve a one-year term as a special legislative assistant in the office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, a democrat from Oregon with a seat on the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources. Litzelman’s recent placement was determined following a two-week orientation and interviews with 16 different congressional offices to find the best fit.

The Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship program, sponsored jointly by TMS and the Materials Research Society (MRS), offers scientists and engineers a unique opportunity to spend one year immersing themselves in a hands-on, public policy learning experience that lets them contribute to the effective use of materials knowledge in government. If you are a member of TMS or MRS and will have your Ph.D. by the start of the fellowship, you are eligible to apply.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018-2019 fellowship, which begins September 1, 2018. All applications are due January 5, 2018

Learn how to apply.

For additional perspectives on the Congressional Fellow Program, view a listing of past fellows and their credentials, as well as JOM articles highlighting what they learned through the program, on the Current and Past Fellows web page.

TMS Foundation Kicks Off 2017 Annual Appeal

This week, the TMS Foundation announced its goal of raising $100,000 by December 31, 2017, for this year’s Annual Appeal. Every contribution, great to small, helps to sustain and grow the Foundation’s support of TMS members in the most critical stages of their career development. You can make a difference in the lives of students and young professionals and help the Foundation to reach its goal by making a donation to the Annual Appeal today.

Through scholarships, awards, and leadership development programs, the TMS Foundation plays a critical role in preparing talented individuals for their futures as leaders who can address the challenges of a changing profession, contribute to technical advancement, and drive innovation. The TMS Foundation funds TMS diversity and inclusion and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiatives, so your support is crucial. Visit the Foundation website to learn more about the programs promoting academic and professional excellence that the TMS Foundation supports.

You can also strengthen your support for the Foundation by registering for an employer match. Check with your organization’s human resources department about the availability of such a program at your workplace, and check the TMS Foundation’s website for all the details you’ll need to register.