June 4, 2019

In This Issue

View TMS2019 Light Metals Keynote Presentations

Five invited speakers discussed the topic “Aluminum Industry: Vision for the Next Decade” at the TMS 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2019) Light Metals Keynote Session in March. Now you can view slides from these presentations through the TMS2019 website. The following presentations are now available:

  • “The Aluminium Story,” Chris Bayliss, International Aluminium Institute
  • “China Aluminium Industry Picture,” Mo Xinda, China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association
  • “Products of the Future—Solutions for Shaping a Sustainable World,” Todd Summe, Novelis Inc.
  • “Smelter of the Future,” Hans Erik Vatne, Norsk Hydro ASA
  • “The Aluminium Industry Revolution at the Door Step,” Vincent Christ, Elysis
The Light Metals Keynote Session is a highlight of the extensive light metals programming held each year at the TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition. In 2020, the topic of the keynote session will be attracting and growing the next generation of technical talent for the light metals industry and will feature invited speakers representing industry, academia, consulting/contracting, and government.

To learn more about plans for Light Metals coverage at TMS2020, visit the conference’s Technical Program webpage. TMS2020 is currently accepting abstract submissions for more than 85 symposia, including eight symposia in the Lights Metals technical track. Submit your work by July 1 to present at TMS2020 in San Diego, California, in February.

Martin Named Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow

TMS and the Materials Research Society (MRS) have selected Alexander Martin, postdoctoral fellow in the Molecular Design Institute at New York University’s Department of Chemistry, as the 2019-2020 TMS/MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow.

Through the fellowship, Martin will serve a one-year term working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee, bringing his technical and scientific background and external perspectives to the decision-making process in Congress. Typically, Fellows conduct legislative or oversight work, assist in Congressional hearings and debates, prepare briefs, and write speeches as a part of their daily responsibilities.

“During my time on the Hill, I am excited to use my technical background in physical chemistry and materials science to advise policymakers on energy and climate policy topics,” said Martin. “The Congressional fellowship provides a unique opportunity for scientists to develop an understanding of the political and procedural elements that accompany policy analysis throughout the legislative process. I am looking forward to learning how science and scientists can best help policymakers to enact evidence-based legislation that benefits society.”

Martin earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from New York University in 2018 and his B.S. in chemistry from Boston College in 2013.

Outside of the lab, Martin has served as a U.S. delegate for the CliMates think tank, a student-run environmental policy group that analyzes national and global policy solutions to mitigate the risks of climate change. During graduate school, Martin organized the Bonding Conference (2017, 2018), an annual sustainability conference aimed at professionals in the chemical, energy, and technology sectors that addresses the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals from a private sector perspective. After earning his doctorate, Martin joined the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine as a Mirzayan Fellow with the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, where he currently works on projects for the Department of Energy and the Department of Transportation.

Through the TMS/MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship, Martin hopes to address legislative issues related to vehicle fuel economy standards, electric grid modernization, renewable energy, and industrial decarbonization.

Martin will begin his fellowship in early September in Washington, D.C., with an intensive science policy orientation, followed by an interview and selection process with offices of senators, representatives, or committees on Capitol Hill. Offices will extend offers, and he will choose the office in which to spend his fellowship year.

Each year, following a formal application process, finalists are interviewed and a Fellow is selected by committees comprised of volunteer members from TMS and MRS. For more information on this award and to read about the experiences of past fellows, visit the Outreach section of the TMS website.

Studying for the PE Exam?

If you are planning to take the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professional Engineer (PE) Licensing Exam in October, TMS offers two key resources to help you prepare.

Study Guide

Download the Study Guide for Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam-Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, which contains sample problems and solutions relating to the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering PE exam. The guide is free for TMS members and can be purchased for $39.00 by non-members.

Review Course

For a more intensive review, register for the TMS Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professional Engineer (PE) Licensing Exam Review Course, which will be held August 14-17 at TMS Headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and led by instructors working in academia, industry, and government. This is the only review course focused specifically on the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering PE Licensing Exam. Register by July 8 to receive the discounted registration rate.

About TMS and Professional Registration

TMS takes a lead role in developing the test employed by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) to register professional metallurgical and materials engineers in the United States. For more information on TMS’s activities in this area, visit the TMS Professional Engineering Registration web page.