For many TMS members, joining a technical committee is the starting point for involvement in the society. TMS has approximately 35 technical committees covering a broad spectrum of materials science and engineering specialties. Committee members attend committee meetings, engage in discussions, propose symposia topics, volunteer as session chairs, determine JOM topics, and generally form the basis for all society activity in a particular technical area.
Why Join a Technical Committee?
The benefits to your career include the opportunity to:
- Stay abreast of the latest advances in your area of materials science
- Build a network of colleagues working in your field
- Open doors to future volunteer opportunities
Varies. Some committee members devote only a few hours per year, attending committee meetings held at TMS conferences. Others use their committee membership as a springboard to further volunteer opportunities, such as organizing a symposium, presenting a paper, becoming a JOM subject editor, or taking on a leadership role.
No previous TMS volunteer experience is required to join a TMS technical committee, but all committee members must be TMS members in good standing. An annual review of TMS membership related to committee membership is done each spring. Suspended or inactive membership status is cause for removal from the committee roster.
If you are not a TMS member or if your TMS membership is not up to date, learn how to join TMS.
Choose a Technical Committee
Learn more about specific TMS Technical Committees and determine which one is the best fit for you by visiting the TMS Divisions & Committees web pages.
How to Get Started
TMS issues a Call for Volunteers for technical committees each year in February. All TMS members will receive an e-mail invitation to join a technical committee at this time.
If you have questions in the meantime, please contact the TMS Volunteerism Staff.