Thursday, February 18, 2016

Thank You for Joining Us at TMS2016!

It's been a busy week here in Nashville, and we hope you've made the most of your experience in the Music City. You've had the unique opportunity to meet with nearly 3,800 attendees and 97 exhibitors and to view more than 3,000 technical talks and poster presentations on a broad spectrum of topics. (Pictured is a scene from Wednesday evening’s Poster Presentation and Reception.)

Enjoy this final installment of TMS2016 News and safe travels!
Meet Your Society Leaders

The TMS Board of Directors pause for a photo as the 2015 and 2016 Boards transitioned during its meeting on Wednesday. Seated (left to right): Hani Henein, Stanley Howard, Patrice Turchi, David DeYoung. Standing (left to right): Ellen Cerreta, John Howarter (proxy for Ed Herderick), Amy Clarke, Eric Brown, Roger Narayan, Jeff Fergus, James J. Robinson, Rajiv Mishra, Joy Forsmark, Srinivas Chada, Alan Luo, James Foley, Mark Schlesinger.
TMS Foundation Thanks Its Leaders

Robert H. Wagoner, on behalf of the TMS Foundation, welcomed the newest members of the Foundation’s honorific Silver Society at its Donor Recognition Dinner last night (left to right): Gregory Hildeman, Cynthia K. Belt, James J. Robinson, Viola L. Acoff, Wagoner, Patrice Turchi, and David Shifler. (Not pictured are Joseph Defilippi and Harold W. Paxton.) The evening’s program also served to recognize Wagoner for his leadership in the Foundation’s revitalization as he assumes the role of past chair of the TMS Foundation Board of Trustees. Garry Warren was installed as the new chair of the TMS Foundation Board at TMS2016.

Acta Materialia Symposium Examines the Potential and Problems of New Materials Technologies

Sungho Jin, 2016 Acta Materialia Gold Medal recipient, gave a compelling overview of the power of materials to enable technologies that address some of society’s most pressing needs at the TMS2016 Acta Materialia Symposium. With a focus on techniques to enhance functional materials, Jin discussed work in a broad range of applications, from energy (potential reduction of silicon wafer production cost by 1/2 to 1/3 through a massively parallel chemical slicing technique), to cancer treatment (development of magnetically vectored nanocapsules for tumor penetration, with remotely switchable on-demand drug release). 

Julie Schoenung, 2016 Acta Materialia Hollomon Materials and Society Award recipient, then followed, commenting, “You are going to see similar themes in my talk, but from a different perspective: Green technologies are not always sustainable.” She then presented case studies on LED bulbs and thin film CIGS solar cells that demonstrated the significant environmental impact these technologies have over the course of their life cycle. “Green technology is great,” she said, “but we need, as materials people, working with designers and process engineers, to discuss what materials we are using in these products at an early stage and then see how we can get them out.”  
Young Professional Work Honored at Poster Competition
Two posters were recognized for their high quality at the TMS Technical Division Young Professional Poster Contest this week:    

Light Metals Division: 
"DIC In-Situ of Tensile Deformation and Synchrotron Diffraction for the Accurate Investigation of Austenite-to-Martensite Transformation in AHSSs" Fadi Abu-Farha, Clemson University

Structural Materials Division: 
"Understanding of Deformation Twinning Characteristics in HCP Materials" Arul Mariyappan, Irene Beyerlein, Carlos Tome, Los Alamos National Laboratory

This event was one of two poster contests for young professionals held at TMS2016. The other was the Meet the Candidate Interactive Session held earlier this week, where young professionals displayed posters detailing their qualifications and experience, not just their research work, to potential employers. All young professionals are encouraged to consider participating in both contests at TMS2017.

LMD Luncheon Speaker Puts Market Challenges in Context     

Gregory Wittbecker framed his talk on the state of the aluminum industry at the Light Metals Division Luncheon with the Mark Twain quip: "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." Wittbecker, vice president, Industry Analysis, Alcoa Global Primary Products, then examined the fundamentals of the aluminum market, saying that although overcapacity is a current challenge, "We continue to expect very strong global demand, with growth for aluminum projected at 6% in 2016. Demand is on track to double between 2010-2020." Concurrently, the market continues to seek balance, with inventory days below historical averages and increased announced curtailments, particularly in North America. "We are facing significant headwinds," Wittbecker said, "but the industry is fortunate in that it is easier to fix a supply issue than a demand problem."
Keynote Takes a Multidisciplinary Approach to Materials Design Optimization Issues

The Materials Innovation Keynote engaged a large, appreciative audience on a diverse range of topics from speakers representing multiple disciplines and perspectives on materials design issues. The opening speaker, Shashi Adiga, Lockheed Martin, discussed how additive manufacturing (AM) is enabling new designs, noting that even though AM design methodologies and paradigms are currently in their infancy, the technology "offers the opportunity to meet the challenges of NextGen missions and systems."

David Furrer, Pratt & Whitney, followed with his talk emphasizing the need for a model-based materials design approach. "Model-based material definition is the goal," he said, "and will ultimately enable location-specific design."

Michael McKerns, California Institute of Technology, then examined issues of uncertainty quantification, observing that statistical confidence is more common in materials development than statistical rigor. "That paradigm needs to change, as the current approach gives a false sense of confidence," he said.

Carolyn Seepersad, University of Texas at Austin, concluded the session by presenting a unique, set-based approach to materials design within the context of a motivating example: "mechanical energy absorption via negative stiffness."

The keynote session was sponsored by the TMS Materials Innovation Committee. Pictured above are the session's speakers and organizers.

A Focus of Activity at TMS2016? Planning for TMS2017!

While TMS2016 was buzzing with a full agenda of activities, a great deal of work was being done behind the scenes at the meeting for an even more expansive TMS2017. 

The organizing committee of the 3rd Pan American Materials Congress, co-located at TMS2017 and co-organized by nine professional societies spanning North and South America, engaged in an extremely productive planning session (pictured above) that encompassed both programming and networking events. 

The organizing committee of Energy Materials 2017 (pictured above), also co-located at TMS2017 and co-organized by TMS and the Chinese Society for Metals, met this week to plan and build on the success of the inaugural Energy Materials meeting held in 2014. 

A focus for both committees was ensuring synergies with TMS committee symposia plans for TMS2017. Preview what’s to come at TMS2017 in San Diego, February 26 – March 2, at the TMS2017 website.

Key Dates to Remember for TMS2017
Symposium proposals due: March 31, 2016
Call for abstracts opens: May 2016
Conference Dates: February 26 to March 2, 2017

Tell Us What You Think 
When you return home from the meeting and have had a chance to reflect on your experiences, please share your thoughts with us. We’ll be e-mailing a survey to all meeting registrants next week and would appreciate your thoughtful, honest opinions about TMS2016.
Today's Weather Forecast
High 59°F, low 45°F, sunny.

What's On Today
Today marks the final day of the TMS 2016 Annual Meeting & Exhibition. A full schedule of technical programming is planned, including the following featured lecture:

Japan Institute of Metals International Scholar Lecture
Part of the Phase Transformations and Microstructural Evolution Symposium
9:40 a.m. 
Music City Center, Room 107 

Registration and Programming Support desks will be open until 5:00 p.m. today. The TMS Membership Café will close at 2:00 p.m.

Safe travels, and we look forward to seeing you next year in San Diego, California, for TMS2017!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Stanley M. Howard Takes Office as 2016 TMS President

Stanley M. Howard (pictured, left) was installed as 2016 TMS President during the TMS-AIME Awards Ceremony and Banquet. Howard is professor of materials and metallurgical engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T). He has served TMS in such roles as Financial Planning Officer and as a member of the TMS Foundation Board of Trustees.

Addressing an audience of colleagues, award recipients, and guests at last night’s ceremony, Howard described his long-standing connection with TMS. He credited John Hager, his advisor at Colorado School of Mines, for getting him involved with the society, seeing to it that he published in TMS journals and became engaged in technical committee leadership.

"I mention this experience because it exemplifies the kind of mentoring and support that is the sustenance of our society," said Howard. "I applaud every effort undertaken in this vein such as in yesterday's TMS mentoring program where a room full of mentors and young TMS members were paired up. The room was buzzing with our future."

As Howard takes over the presidency, Patrice Turchi of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory completes his term as 2015 TMS president. Turchi’s tenure was marked by a devotion to furthering TMS's strategic goal to globally expand the portfolio of international activities. In addressing the audience at last night's ceremony, Turchi discussed the recent strides TMS has made in collaborating with professional societies across the globe.

"There is indeed a different emphasis on scientific activities across the ocean, and being exposed to these differences can only advance science at its best," said Turchi.

Last Chance for the Silent Auction

Jim Robinson, TMS Executive Director, is ready to rock with the autographed Rolling Stones guitar at the TMS Foundation Silent Auction booth in the Exhibit Hall. Stop by to place your final bid on this or one of the many other pieces of pop culture history being auctioned off in support of the TMS Foundation. Bidding closes today at noon.

Last Chance for the Exhibit

Today is the final day to browse displays and meet with the nearly 100 exhibitors who make up the TMS2016 Exhibition. The exhibit hall opens today at 10:00 a.m. and will host a luncheon from noon to 2:00 p.m. (Find your lunch ticket attached to your registration badge.) The exhibit will close at 2:00 p.m., following the luncheon.

EPD/MPMD Luncheon Talk Builds Excitement for Additive Manufacturing 

David L. Bourell (pictured) recounted the long, rich history of additive manufacturing—all the way back to layered processes that were created for making topographical relief maps in the 1890s—as a preface to his talk at the  Extraction & Processing Division (EPD)/Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division (MPMD) Joint Luncheon. Bourell, the Temple Foundation Professor, University of Texas at Austin, then examined current additive manufacturing applications in both industry and art, comparing the properties of additive manufacturing parts to parts produced by conventional processing as part of the discussion. He stressed that additive manufacturing would never replace traditional casting, welding, and machining processes, but was instead uniquely suited to parts with low production runs and complex geometries. He concluded his talk with a look at potentially revolutionary developments in additive manufacturing, including volume, high-speed printing. TMS2016's robust schedule of additive manufacturing sessions continues through Thursday. Check the TMS2016 meeting program or TMS2016 app for details.

Award Recipients Address Young Leaders 

Elif Ertekin, University of Illinois, and Michael Sangid, Purdue University, were both featured speakers at Tuesday afternoon's Young Professional Tutorial Luncheon Lecture. Ertekin's talk, "Introducing Innovations in Teaching While Staying on the Research Track," focused on how professors can strategically use both the classroom experience and research work to benefit themselves, students, and their university as a whole. Sangid presented "Accentuating the 'I' in ICME," stressing the importance of projecting research to make an impact, making it easier down the road for others to pick up the research and use it. Both young professors received the 2016 Early Career Faculty Fellow Award at last night's TMS-AIME Awards Ceremony. 

Bladesmithing Symposium Keeps Interest High for 2017 

Jeffrey Wadsworth, CEO and president of Battelle and TMS fellow, presented the keynote talk at the Bladesmithing Symposium on Tuesday morning. His talk, entitled "Connections: Superplasticity, Damascus Steels, Laminates, the Giza Pyramid, and Carbon Dating," was part of a one-day symposium that included presentations related to or inspired by the inaugural TMS Bladesmithing Competition held at TMS2015.

Symposium Organizer Garry Warren, University of Alabama, encouraged students and faculty alike to attend the Bladesmithing Committee meeting on Wednesday morning (9:00 a.m., Omni, Music Row 6) to provide input on what the return of the Bladesmithing Competition will look like at TMS2017 in San Diego, California.

Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future of Met Trans

TMS hosted a reception to celebrate everything that Metallurgical and Materials Transactions (Met Trans) has accomplished under the leadership of David Laughlin, since he took the reins as Met Trans principal editor in 1987. TMS leadership also took the opportunity to welcome and thank Tresa Pollock for agreeing to serve as the Met Trans principal editor when Laughlin steps down from the role at the end of this year. "I have no doubt that Met Trans is clearly poised to go from one Golden Age to another under her leadership," said Patrice Turchi, TMS President, in his remarks.

REWAS Plenary Features EPD Distinguished Lecture

Markus Reuter (pictured), Director, Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, delivered the 2016 TMS Extraction & Processing Division Distinguished Lecture. The lecture, "Digitalizing the Circular Economy—System-Integrated-Material-Production," was part of the REWAS 2016 Plenary Session: Materials Matter: Deriving Value from Resource Recovery at Multiple Materials Scales.

Student Poster Contest Winners

On Monday evening, judging was held for the TMS Technical Division Student Poster Contest (pictured). Today we are pleased to announce the winning posters in each of the five TMS technical divisions. Winners were selected in both graduate and undergraduate categories.


Undergraduate: "Characterization of Inclusions in High Strength Interstitial Free (IF) Steel" David Sartor and Marvin Ambrosio, University of Toronto, St. George Campus

Graduate: "On the Effect of No and Austenite-ferrite Transformation Kinetics" Jiang Zhu, Hao Chen, Zhigang Yang, and Chi Zhang, National Tsing Hua University; and Kangying Zhu, ArcelorMittal


Undergraduate: "Nanofabrication and Characterization of Quasi-Crystal Metasurfaces Using Shadow-Sphere Lithography" Caroline Zellhofer, UMBC; Emily MacDonald, Witworth University; Alex Nemioski and George Whitesides, Harvard University

Graduate: "Interfacial Reaction in Cu/Pb-free Solders during Solid-state Aging Process" Chieh-Fu Chen and Fan-Yi Ouyang, National Tsing Hua University


Graduate: "Application of Computational Thermodynamics & Kinetics to Rare Earth Reduction in Magnesium Alloys" Kyle Fitzpatrick-Schmidt, Danielle Cote, and Diran Apelian, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Undergraduate: "Microstructural Evolution and Aging Behavior in a No-21Ti-25Hf-4Al Alloy" Brittani Maskley, Michael Kesler, and Michele Manuel, University of Florida

Graduate: "Nano-Strength Testing of Additive Manufactured Parts using Atomic Force Microscopy" Robert DelSignore, Danielle Cote, and Richard Dodson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and Victor Champagne, U.S. Army Research Laboratory


Undergraduate: "Effect of Heat Treatment and Chemical Composition on the High Temperature Hydrogen Attach (HTHA) Resistance of C-1/2 Mo Steels" Will Hoskins, Maneel Bharadwaj, and Carl Lundin, University of Tennessee; and Main Prager, Welding Research Council

Graduate: "Friction Stir Welding of Thick Aluminum 7449 Alloys" Nelson Martinez and Rajiv Mishra, University of North Texas; and Kevin Doherty, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Correction: Diversity Survey
Some of you may have had difficulty accessing the Diversity Survey through the link provided in yesterday’s newsletter. The link has been fixed and you can access the survey here. We apologize for the confusion.

Today’s Weather Forecast
High 44°F, low 29 °F, cloudy.

What’s On Today: Wednesday

Materials Innovation Keynote Session:
Multidisciplinary Materials Design Optimization Under Uncertainty

8:30 a.m.
Music City Center, Room 207B

Light Metals Division Luncheon Lecture
Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Omni Nashville Hotel, Legends E&F

TMS2016 Acta Materialia Symposium
3:30 p.m.
Music City Center, Room 103C

Poster Session II Presentations and Reception
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Music City Center, Hall C

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

TMS2016 Exhibit Opens

The TMS 2016 Exhibit Hall officially opened Monday afternoon, and the day concluded with the well-attended President's Welcoming Reception (pictured). This event provided an opportunity for TMS2016 meeting attendees to meet with nearly 100 exhibiting companies, to network with colleagues after the first full day of programming, and to place a bid at the TMS Foundation Silent Auction. The Hall will be open today from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

A Look at REWAS 2016

Randolph Kirchain, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a co-organizer for REWAS 2016, presented a case study that compared the results of two approaches used to aggregate Life Cycle Inventory data for Portland cement production in North America. The findings, he said, have implications for other materials industries. He noted the need to assess datasets for significant correlations and zero inflated data for subpopulations. REWAS programming will continue through Wednesday, with the plenary beginning today at 8:35 a.m.

Light Metals Keynote Showcases Innovative Problem Solving

Finding and exploiting the inherent opportunities presented in many of the challenges faced by the aluminum industry was the focus of the TMS2016 Light Metals Keynote, “Pushing Boundaries—Innovative Thinking in Light Metals Production.” Margaret Hyland (pictured, center), chair of the TMS Aluminum Committee and session chair, noted that her intent for the keynote was to inspire "thinking outside of the square."

The first speaker, Martin Iffert (pictured, left), chief executive officer of Trimet Aluminum, Germany, provided several examples of that thinking in his overview of TRIMET business practices and recent initiatives. Among these was his company’s "virtual battery" project developed in response to Germany's Energiewende policy mandating that 60% of Germany's energy will be generated from renewable sources by 2050. TRIMET is seeking to use its electrolysis process as a flexible means of energy storage, enabling the plant to draw more power from the grid when energy is cheap and plentiful, and then reselling it back when energy supplied by renewables diminishes.

Concluding the plenary was Stephane Delalande (pictured, right), deputy scientific director, PSA Peugeot Citroën. After discussing the historical evolution of automobile materials, Delalande examined how safety and environmental concerns, along with consumer expectations and mobility patterns, are driving different materials solutions for mass produced and premium cars. 

For additional light metals programming and networking opportunities planned for the week, check the TMS2016 meeting program or the TMS2016 App.

Student Symposium Encourages Change Toward Diversity and Inclusion

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) graduate students Natalie Larson, Wennie Wang, and David Hwang organized the Transforming the Diversity Landscape Symposium that took place yesterday. Inspired by the activities at the 2014 TMS Diversity Summit, Larson, Wang, and Hwang had two main goals for this symposium: to develop an image and measures for success for the future of diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and to empower both individuals and institutions by providing tools and ideas on moving forward and improving diversity in STEM.

A highlight of the afternoon session was the Panel of Past TMS Presidents. The panel featured opinions and anecdotes from (pictured, left to right) Dan Thoma, 2003 TMS president and University of Wisconsin-Madison; Wayne Jones, 1999 TMS president and University of Michigan; Bob Shull, 2007 TMS president and National Institute of Standards and Technology; Tresa Pollock, 2005 TMS president and UCSB; Brajendra Mishra, 2006 TMS president and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI); and Diran Apelian, 2008 TMS president and WPI.

Key themes that arose during the panel included being cognizant of your own inherent biases, working in any way you can--in your own workplace or a professional organization like TMS--to help spread awareness on these issues, and recognizing that while both the STEM professions and society have made great strides in the past few years, there is still a great deal of work to be done.

Share Your Thoughts on Diversity and Inclusion

Stop by the Diversity Bulletin Board today to share your thoughts and opinions on diversity at TMS. The Board is located directly outside of Exhibit Hall C in the Music City Center (conveniently near Presenters' Coffee, for those of you presenting today).

Then go online to take a brief Diversity Quiz to learn more facts and myths about diversity at TMS. 

CalTech Professor Honored at Hume-Rothery Symposium

Brent Fultz (pictured), Rawn Professor of Materials Science and Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology (CalTech), presented the keynote talk at Monday's Hume-Rothery Award Symposium, titled "The Origin of Entropy in Materials." In his talk, Fultz examined different materials' reactions at high temperatures. Michael Manley, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and one of Fultz's former students, noted that Fultz brought up relevant questions about vibrational energy at a time when most textbooks dismissed the idea. Manley described his professor as always pushing the boundaries of materials science. Fultz is the 2016 recipient of TMS's William Hume-Rothery Award. 

SMD Luncheon Features Michael Mills

Michael Mills, Taine G. McDougal Professor of Engineering, The Ohio State University, was the featured speaker on Monday afternoon at the Structural Materials Division (SMD) Luncheon Lecture. His talk was titled "The Importance of Characterization Techniques for Understanding of Deformation Behavior in Structural Materials" and it examined the work that he and his many collaborators have done to further understand the characterization of materials, using three main examples: superalloys, high-temperature shape-memory alloys, and high-entropy alloys. Upon discussing the many tools and methods used in the alloys field, both in the past and present, Mills concluded that "we now have the tools to probe issues at unprecedented length scales, so we don't have to guess. We can use these to drive modeling and answer more questions."

Meet a Mentor Event

New and lasting connections were formed between experienced TMS members (mentors) and early career professionals (mentees) at the Meet-a-Mentor event held Monday evening. Through three rounds of mentor-mentee matchups, participants had a chance to network and discuss career paths and future opportunities. 

Today's Weather Forecast
High 47°F, Low 34°F, with a 90% chance of rain.

What's On Today: Tuesday

REWAS 2016 Plenary Session
8:30 a.m. to Noon
Music City Center, Room 104B

2016 Bladesmithing Symposium Keynote 
8:35 a.m.
Music City Center, Room 104A

Extraction & Processing Division Distinguished Lecture 
9:30 a.m.
Music City Center, Room 104B

Extraction & Processing Division/Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division Luncheon 
Noon to 2:00 p.m. 
Omni Nashville Hotel, Legends E&F

Young Professional Tutorial Luncheon Lecture
Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Omni Nashville Hotel, Legends D

Student Career Forum
2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Omni Nashville Hotel, Legends B

Exhibit Hall Happy Hour
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Music City Center, Hall B

TMS-AIME Awards Reception
6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
Music City Center, Davidson Ballroom Foyer

TMS-AIME Awards Ceremony
6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Music City Center, Davidson Ballroom B

TMS-AIME Awards Banquet
7:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Music City Center, Davidson Ballroom A

Monday, February 15, 2016

Utah Wins!

After a full day of intense competition, the team from the University of Utah emerged victorious in the TMS 2016 Materials Bowl. The Utah "MagMets" won the 10th Anniversary of the student competition after a challenging championship round against Missouri University of Science & Technology. TMS President Patrice Turchi attended the final round and was on hand to applaud all the teams on their hard work and preparation, and to congratulate the Utah students on their win. A total of 11 teams competed in Sunday's materials-themed knowledge contest.

Opening Celebration Kicks Off TMS2016

More than 1,000 friends and colleagues gathered to catch up and coordinate plans for the coming week at Sunday night's Opening Celebration. Patrice Turchi, TMS President, gave a brief welcome and officially opened the TMS 2016 Annual Meeting & Exhibition.
FEMS and TMS Launch a New Collaboration

(Left to right) Bart Blanpain and Wilfried Kurz, representing the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS), and Patrice Turchi, TMS President, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Sunday evening to provide greater collaborative opportunities between the volunteers of FEMS and TMS. Specifically, TMS will organize symposia at Euromat 2017 in Greece, while FEMS will organize symposia at the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona.

What's Missing from this Picture?

When the TMS2016 Exhibition opens this afternoon, these empty cases will be filled with unique items to be auctioned off in support of the TMS Foundation. What will you bid on at the TMS Foundation Silent Auction? A Hotel California album signed by the Eagles? A trip to Napa Valley (including a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train)? A one-of-a-kind treasure handcrafted by a colleague? Visit the TMS Foundation Silent Auction booth today to explore your options. The booth is located just inside the entrance to the TMS2016 Exhibit Hall. 

Bidding opens today at 2:00 p.m. and will remain open through noon on Wednesday. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will help to fund TMS Foundation programs, including student scholarships and leadership development programs for young professionals. So don't be afraid to bid generously on your favorite item!

Sharing the Fundamentals of TMS Involvement

Jeffrey W. Fergus (pictured), Professional Development Director on the TMS Board, opened the extremely well-attended event, TMS 101: Participating Above the Presenter Level, on Sunday evening. He noted that a goal of the event was to help TMS members outside of the United States to become more involved  with the Society.

Clarissa Yablinsky, Los Alamos National Laboratory, followed with a primer on how to get involved as a TMS volunteer, with a particular focus on technical committee participation. “Show up at a committee meeting and see what they are doing,” she encouraged the session participants. “They welcome new members and ideas and want people to participate.”

Christina Meskers, Umicore Precious Metals, Belgium, concluded the program by relating her own experience as a TMS volunteer and cited being selected as a Young Leader Professional Development Award recipient, as her “grand opportunity” for becoming more engaged with the organization.

The TMS 101 presentation will be posted on the TMS website shortly after TMS2016. 

Today’s Weather Forecast
High of 43°F, low of 32°F, with a 100% chance of rain.

What's On Today: Monday 

Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. 
Music City Center, Davidson Ballroom C1-C2

TMS2016 Light Metals Keynote Session
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Music City Center, Room 202

Magnesium Technology Keynote Session
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Music City Center, Room 204

2016 William Hume-Rothery Award Lecture
8:40 a.m.
Music City Center, Room 107A

Structural Materials Division Luncheon 
Noon to 2:00 p.m. 
Omni Nashville Hotel, Legends E&F

Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) International Scholar
2:00 p.m.
Music City Center, Room 213

Pre-registration required
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Omni Nashville Hotel, Legends D

President's Welcoming Reception 
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
Music City Center, Hall B

Technical Division Student Poster Contest (Judging) 
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
Music City Center, Hall C

Young Professional Technical Division Poster Contest
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
Music City Center, Hall C

Young Professionals Reception 
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
Omni Nashville Hotel, Legends B

Poster Session I Presentations and Reception
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Music City Center, Hall C

Young Professional Meet the Candidate Interactive Session 

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Music City Center, Hall C

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Welcome to TMS2016!
We're so glad you've decided to join us at the 145th installment of the TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Over the next five days, this newsletter will serve as your daily guide to meeting news and information. Think of today's installment as your meeting orientation session, and read on for some practical information on where to find everything you need.

Where to Find Registration

Before you can attend technical sessions, social events, or any other activities at TMS2016, you'll need to pick up your registration packet. Today, registration will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall Concourse on Level 3 of the Music City Center. 

Need Directions?
You can access maps of the Music City Center and the Omni Nashville Hotel through the TMS2016 App.

Another useful navigation tool is the Music City Center App, which can use your current location to provide you with detailed directions to your next event. Search “Music City Center” on the App Store or the Google Play™ Store to download.

Where to Find Coffee and Breakfast Today
Here are a few convenient places to find a cup of coffee and a quick breakfast to start your morning:

Dunkin Donuts: Located on the first level of the Music City Center, Dunkin Donuts sells hot and iced coffee, espresso drinks, donuts, muffins, oatmeal, and bagels. It is open today from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Bongo Java: Located in the Omni Nashville Hotel, Bongo Java bills itself as Nashville's oldest and most celebrated coffee company. They sell locally roasted, organic coffee, classic handcrafted espresso drinks, and fresh baked goods. Open 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Kijiji Coffee Cart: Beginning Monday morning, this cart will be located in the Lobby Level of the Music City Center from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They sell locally roasted organic coffee and fresh baked goods.

Where to Find WiFi 
The Music City Center offers free wireless internet in all public areas. No login or password is needed for access.

Where to Find Business Services
Need to print a document? Make copies? Ship a package? There's a UPS Store located on the Second Level of the Music City Center offering business services. It is closed today, but will open Monday morning at 9:00 a.m.

What Time Is It?
For those of you who have traveled many time zones to arrive in Nashville, please be sure to set your watches for Central Standard Time.

Today’s Weather Forecast
High of 37°F, low of 34°F, with rain/snow expected in the afternoon.

Where to Find Live Music

Nashville venues with this guitar-pick-shaped sign play live music at least four nights a week.

TMS leadership took in a concert with three local Nashville songwriters at the Bluebird Café on Saturday night before the start of a busy week at TMS2016. Pictured from left are: Hani Henein, TMS Past President; Roger Cook (“Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress”); Dave Berg (“Somebody”); Tony Arata (“The Dance”); David DeYoung, Chair, TMS Light Metals Division and incoming TMS Vice President; Patrice Turchi, TMS President; Stanley Howard, TMS Vice President; Jim Robinson, TMS Executive Director.

Where to Learn More about TMS

The TMS Membership Café provides attendees with a comfortable spot to regroup, meet with colleagues, and learn about the benefits of TMS membership. Located in the Music City Center, Exhibit Hall Concourse, Level 3.

How to Get More Involved with TMS
Take advantage of your time with us this week to become more involved in TMS and its activities; to contribute to the minerals, metals, and materials community; and to stay connected with colleagues in your field well beyond this week. Here are the first steps you can take:

Attend TMS 101: Fundamentals of TMS: Designed specifically for international attendees and graduate students but open to all attendees, this half-hour lecture starts at 5:00 today and will provide you with all the basic information you need to get more involved with the TMS community. Music City Center, Room 208A

Attend a Committee Meeting: TMS technical programming, publications, and other initiatives all begin with TMS Technical Committees. Committee meetings will be held throughout the week at TMS2016 and are open to all TMS members. For a schedule of today's meetings, see the TMS2016 App, the TMS Personal Conference Scheduler, or the Calendar of Events in the TMS2016 Final Program (which you will receive in your registration bag).

Attend Networking Events: Designated networking events are scheduled throughout the week. Take advantage of these opportunities to connect with other TMS members and volunteers.

What's On Today: Sunday

Professional Development Courses
Registration opens at 7:00 a.m.
Courses run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
Music City Center, Rooms 201-206
View a full list of course offerings here.

Materials Bowl Competition
Elimination Rounds: Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Championship Round: 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
Music City Center, Davidson Ballroom B 

TMS 101: Fundamentals of TMS
5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
Music City Center, Room 208A 

TMS2016 Opening Celebration
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
Music City Center, Davidson Ballroom A 

Student Networking Mixer
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Music City Center, Davidson Ballroom C


Friday, February 12, 2016

Jim Robinson, TMS Executive Director, has landed in Nashville and is getting ready to welcome you to TMS2016!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Register for Professional Development Offerings

TMS will offer nine Professional Development events on Sunday, February 14, in conjunction with the TMS 2016 Annual Meeting & Exhibition. There’s still time to register in advance for one of these courses (through the online TMS2016 registration form) or you can register for the events on site, on Sunday, February 14. 

The following courses are still accepting registrants:
12th Annual Lead-Free Solders and Interconnect Technology Workshop
Additive Manufacturing Materials and Processes Workshop
Avizo 3D Analysis Software for Materials Science*
Effects and Control of Impurities Along the Aluminum Value Chain
Energy Management in the Materials Industry
Explore CES Software Tools for Materials Related Critical Decision-Making in Industry, Research, and Education*
Multiphysics Materials Simulations Using the Open Source MOOSE Framework
NSF Grant Proposal Writing Workshop
Practical Methods for “In-Plant” Testing of Carbon Anodes Used in Aluminum Smelting
* Part of the Supplier Technology Education Program

Monday, December 21, 2015

Welcome to TMS2016 News!

Want to stay informed of everything that's happening at the TMS 2016 Annual Meeting & Exhibition? Stick with us. TMS2016 News will be published daily, Sunday through Thursday, during the conference. Check each morning for a reminder of the big events planned for the day, as well as for recaps and photos from events happening around the meeting. So before you start your day at TMS2016, sit down with a cup of coffee and skim TMS2016 News so that you don't miss a thing! (Not sure where to find a cup of coffee? We can tell you that, too.)

And don't worry about adding this to your to-do list--we'll send a friendly e-mail reminder each morning. See you in Nashville!

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