May 21, 2019

In This Issue


Study Team Looks at Next-Generation MGI Workforce

TMS has put together a study team of 16 experts to explore the topic Creating the Next-Generation Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) Workforce. Led by David McDowell of the Georgia Institute of Technology, the study team (pictured) met in February at TMS headquarters to begin work on the project, which is being conducted by TMS on behalf of the U.S. National Science Foundation

This new study aims to address one of the four key goals of the 2014 MGI Strategic Plan: “creating a world-class materials-science and engineering workforce that is trained for careers in academia or industry.” The MGI is a multi-agency initiative from the U.S. government that is designed to support and accelerate the design, development, and deployment of advanced materials.

The final report will address the current state of the academic curriculum and training approaches of the U.S. workforce to accomplish MGI goals, identify the key MGI skill requirements and needs for individuals entering the workforce, and outline curricula development and training guidelines to improve readiness of current students and the existing professional workforce. The report will draw on the outputs of meetings and workshops with subject matter experts and provide detailed, actionable recommendations.

Visit the study website to sign up for updates and to meet the full study team.

TMS and CSM Discuss Collaboration

On Thursday, May 9, TMS hosted Zhao Pei, Emeritus Secretary General of the Chinese Society for Metals (CSM) at TMS headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During the course of the day, David DeYoung, 2017 TMS President; James J. Robinson, TMS Executive Director; and TMS senior staff acquainted Professor Zhao with the Society’s strategic goals and key initiatives. This included a review of past and current collaborations with CSM, such as the Energy Materials conference, co-located with the TMS 2017 Annual Meeting & Exhibition, and the Computational Design and Simulation of Materials conference, co-located with the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

The discussion then turned to the potential of future collaborations, with participation by Thomas Battle, 2019 TMS Vice President, and Xingbo Liu, a TMS volunteer from West Virginia University who has helped facilitate joint initiatives between the two societies in the past, such as establishing the Energy Materials conference and leading the conference organization on behalf of TMS.

In August, both organizations will participate in the 10th Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing (PRICM10), to be held August 18-22, in Xi’an, China. This year, PRICM10 is organized by CSM and sponsored by TMS. Registration for this event is now open.

Apply for Emerging Leaders Alliance Program

Are you looking for leadership training for yourself or one of your junior employees? The Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA) Program provides leadership development training specifically for scientists and engineers, and each year, the TMS Foundation provides funding for eight TMS members to participate in this unique training program.

Through the ELA, early-career professionals on track for leadership roles or upper-level management positions in their organizations can strengthen their nontechnical skills in a setting that allows them to interact across disciplines and obtain foundational, executive-level knowledge. Themes of social responsibility and environmental stewardship are also included in the training curriculum.  

This year’s Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference will be held November 3–6, 2019 in Falls Church, Virginia, USA. To apply for one of the eight available TMS seats, please send a letter of interest, one to two letters of recommendation, and a resume or curriculum vitae to TMS Awards. The deadline to apply is June 15.