February 20, 2018

In This Issue

Changes to TMS Fellow Nomination Process Advance Inclusivity

Being elected a TMS Fellow is the highest honor that the Society confers and is considered a pinnacle achievement within the materials profession. Recognizing the importance of this prestigious award, the TMS Board of Directors has spent the last year looking at how best to ensure that the TMS Fellows program is fully inclusive and that recipients of this honor accurately represent the diversity of the Society. 

The Board recently approved recommendations from two ad hoc committees that proposed ways to ensure inclusivity and increase broader engagement within the Fellows program. These measures were designed to address any unintentional biases in the application process that might be influencing the selection of Fellows, without reducing the prestigious nature of the award.

Outcomes of these two committees included the development of a new nomination form that asks nominators to focus on the nominee’s most distinguished accomplishments with clear descriptions of their impact and significance, rather than on a list of patents and publications—an adjustment meant to level the playing field for applicants from industry, academia, and government.  

Another outcome is a change to the composition of the TMS Fellow Subcommittee that recommends nominees to the TMS Honors & Professional Recognition Committee and ultimately to the Board of Directors. This group proposed changing the makeup of the committee from eight fellows and two TMS past presidents to six fellows, the immediate past TMS president, and three mid-career TMS leaders who are not Fellows.

These changes will go into effect for the 2019 class of TMS Fellows; nominations are due April 1, 2018. Visit the TMS Fellows Award webpage to access nomination forms, tips on preparing a strong nomination packet, and a complete list of current awards. For additional information, contact Deborah Hixon, TMS Awards Program Administrator.

For more information on the changes to the Fellow Award nomination process, read the article published in the March issue of JOM, penned by David DeYoung, 2017 TMS President, and Kevin Hemker, 2018 TMS President. DeYoung and Hemker chaired the ad hoc committees that recommended changes to the TMS Fellows nomination process.  

TMS2018 Planning Tools Now Available

With the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2018) starting in just three weeks, TMS has made scheduling information and additional details on the conference available through the TMS2018 website

Start your planning by downloading the TMS2018 App, now available on the App Store or the Google Play™ Store by searching "TMS Annual Meeting." Through the App, you can view up-to-date information on technical presentations and exhibits, create a personal itinerary for the conference, and access maps of the conference venue. Download the App today to begin familiarizing yourself with the its features and functions. Please note that you will need to enter your TMS2018 confirmation code before accessing the App for the first time. You can find your code on your registration confirmation e-mail. Remember to use the hyphen when entering your unique confirmation code (18-xxxxx).

Need more information before you begin building a schedule? Learn what’s planned for TMS2018: 

Technical Program Information: A copy of the final, printed technical program—which will be distributed to all TMS2018 attendees at the meeting—is now available, as are the regularly updated online session sheets.

Featured Sessions: Preview our all-conference plenary, keynote sessions, honorary symposia, and other special events planned for TMS2018.

Networking Events: Find out about breakfasts, lunches, receptions, and banquets that you can add to your schedule. (Please note that some events require advance ticket purchases.)

Special Lectures: Learn about special award lectures and division luncheon lectures. 

If you’ve already registered for TMS2018, it’s not too late to add a luncheon or social event ticket to your TMS2018 registration. Simply go to the TMS2018 registration website and enter your information in the "Already Registered?" section.

Haven't registered yet? We encourage you to register for TMS2018 as soon as possible. By confirming your attendance prior to the start of the conference, you’ll have the opportunity to download the conference proceedings before you leave for Phoenix and you’ll enjoy a smoother at-meeting check-in process.
See What’s New at DMMM3: Registration Now Open

A move to the west coast isn’t the only change for the third installment of TMS’s Diversity in the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Professions (DMMM3), scheduled for July 23–24 in Santa Barbara, California. While attendees of this year’s conference can still expect a cross-cutting program drawing upon viewpoints and success stories from government, academia, and industry—as the event has offered in the past—they can also expect expansion into new topic areas and a broader range of speakers.

“Past summits have focused heavily on gender diversity. While still an area of concern, this summit will dive into the areas of ethnic and racial diversity in the U.S. construct, representation and acknowledgement of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] populations and how we most effectively and responsibly measure diversity within various contexts,” said Jonathan Madison, Sandia National Laboratories, who is serving as chair of DMMM3. “Additionally, attendees can expect parallel sessions on personalized tool-box creation where they will be able to hear from and work with practitioners in grass-roots and institutional diversity efforts and receive guidance on how to create their own toolbox according to each attendee’s desired sphere of influence and activity comfort level.”

Also, for the first time this year, the conference issued a call for abstracts instead of building programming entirely from invited speakers, as past summits have done.

“I think the open call for abstracts provides an additional opportunity to involve more persons in this dialogue around diversity within our profession(s),” said Madison. “I also think it provides a chance to increase our collective learning while leveraging a greater cross-section of our community. I look forward to the additional insights which may come from the open call and hope they become a usual part of future summits.”

Come and see the changes for yourself. DMMM3 will be held July 23–24, 2018 at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Santa Barbara, California. Registration for the conference is now open.
Input Needed on National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing

The National Science and Technology Council, Committee on Technology, Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing has published a Request for Information (RFI), which solicits public input to inform the development of a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. This RFI seeks input from stakeholders in industry, academia, and non-profits active in advanced manufacturing on ways to improve government coordination and on long-term guidance for federal programs and activities in support of United States manufacturing competitiveness, including advanced manufacturing research and development that will create jobs, grow the economy across multiple industrial sectors, strengthen national security, and improve health care.

The deadline to provide input is March 7, 2018. Additional information, including an input form and access to the RFI, is available through the National Institute of Standards and Technology website

TMS offers a number of ways to learn more about advanced manufacturing. Download recent TMS studies on related topics, including Building a Materials Data Infrastructure, which was released in May 2017. Attend one of seven symposia planned on additive manufacturing topics at the upcoming TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2018) in March or receive a high-level overview of the state of additive manufacturing throughout the world and in various industries at the Additive Manufacturing Keynote Session, which will be held Monday afternoon, March 12, at TMS2018.

Already active in advanced manufacturing? Consider joining a related TMS technical committee, such as Integrated Computational Materials Engineering, which will next meet during TMS2018. Committee meetings are open to all TMS members. Learn more about TMS technical committees.
New from TMS Journals

Below is a selection of articles published in several TMS journals that are available to the public at no charge. TMS members can access the full content of these journals by logging in to the “Journals” section of the TMS website.

New from JOM

"Development of Cold Spray Coatings for Accident-Tolerant Fuel Cladding in Light Water Reactors," Benjamin Maier, et al.

New from Journal of Electronic Materials

"Mapping of Lattice Strain in 4H-SiC Crystals by Synchrotron Double-Crystal X-ray Topography," Jianqiu Guo, et al.

"Metalorganic Vapor-Phase Epitaxy Growth Parameters for Two-Dimensional MoS2," M. Marx, et al.

"BN-C Hybrid Nanoribbons as Gas Sensors," Mahdi Darvishi Gilan and Raad Chegel

"Crystallographic Orientation Identification in Multicrystalline Silicon Wafers Using NIR Transmission Intensity," Kevin Skenes, et al.

New from Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A

"Nano-scale Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of Irradiated X-750 Ni-Based Superalloy," P. Changizian, et al.

"The Influence of Grain Structure on Intermetallic Compound Layer Growth Rates in Fe-Al Dissimilar Welds,"  Lei Xu, et al.

"Development of a Novel Melt Spinning-Based Processing Route for Oxide Dispersion-Strengthened Steels," Zuliang Hong, et al.

New from Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B

"On an Anomaly in the Modeling of Electromagnetic Stirring in Continuous Casting," M. Vynnycky