Functional Materials Division

The Functional Materials Division (FMD) is home to those TMS members whose work is related to the synthesis and processing, structure, properties, and performance of electronic, photonic, magnetic, and superconducting materials as well as the materials used in packaging and interconnecting such materials in device structures.

The FMD promotes technical exchange and assists in the professional development of its members through programming, publications, and continuing education. Prior to 2014, the Functional Materials Division was known as the TMS Electronic, Magnetic & Photonic Materials Division.

If you are a member of the FMD Council, click here to visit the FMD Council pages.

Meet the FMD Chair

Saryu Fensin

Welcome Message

View Biography

Contact the Chair

Get Involved

You can contribute to the work of the TMS Functional Materials Division by joining a TMS technical committee. Begin by selecting the FMD committee that best aligns with your professional interests, then visit the committee website page and click on the Committee Roster link to find the contact information of the committee chair who can assist you with additional information. If you are a TMS member, you may also attend a technical committee meeting in person at the TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition and apply for membership at that time.

As a technical committee member, you can become further involved in developing technical programming, publications content and professional development events. You can also get involved by nominating a candidate for an FMD award, which recognizes excellence within the FMD's scope of activities. For a complete listing of ways to get involved with TMS, visit the Volunteer Opportunities section of the website.

Leadership Opportunities

TMS Technical Divisions provide members with additional leadership opportunities at the division council level. Learn more about leadership openings including the Technical Division Chair position, which includes three years serving as vice chair of the division and three years serving as chair (a TMS Board of Directors position). Details on this position are found below. Additional volunteer opportunities are available through various functional committee representative positions, which allow members to represent their division on Society-wide committees like the Program Committee, Membership Diversity & Development Committee, and more.  

Available positions rotate annually and nominations/applications are due December 15 of each year. Technical Division Vice-Chair/Chair nominations require the submission of a Vice Chair Nomination Form. For the FMD, Vice Chair/Chair nominations will be accepted in 2025, 2028, and 2031. To learn more about current available positions, contact Joni Gregg, Technical Divisions Administrator

Technical Division Council Vice Chair Position

Each technical division council is led by a chair, vice chair and past chair (also known as the Executive Committee) who are voting members of the division council. Each position holds a three-year term, which commences and concludes at the conclusion of the TMS Annual Meeting in the year designated. The chair also represents the division on the TMS Board of Directors. The vice chair acts on behalf of the division chair, to include voting privileges, if they become unable to attend a meeting. The vice chair shall also assist the division chair by performing duties as assigned and has a non-voting position on the Technical Division Council, which oversees the functions of the division councils.

Primary duties of the chair, which the vice chair supports, is to guide the division technical committees related to organizing meetings, technical programming, professional development courses, JOM article activities and award nominations for society, division, young professional and student awards. Related to the functional committee representation on the council, the chair encourages reporting of these representatives on their committee’s activities.

For More Information

Please visit the Volunteer Resources section of the site. If you cannot find the information you need, please contact the TMS Volunteerism Staff.