Public and Government Affairs

Through its Public & Governmental Affairs Committee, TMS advocates for broad-based materials-related research and development, supports STEM programs, and promotes the materials science and engineering profession. The society offers the following opportunities for members to educate themselves on public policy issues relevant to their careers and to provide their expert advice to congressional leaders and the public.

Current Issues

Learn about current issues relevant to the materials science and engineering community, TMS's response, and how you can get involved.

Advocacy Interests

View a listing of the Society's top advocacy interests, which are identified and monitored throughout the congressional year by the TMS Public and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Congressional Visits Days

TMS participates in formal and informal congressional visits to help members share their expertise with congressional leaders.

Materials Information Luncheons

Periodically TMS hosts Materials Information Luncheons, bringing quality speakers from the minerals, metals, and materials community to congressional leaders to discuss topics of interest and concern in science and technology. Presentations from previous luncheons can be found on the Recorded Presentations web page.

Public & Governmental Affairs Advocacy Policy

TMS welcomes the opportunity to work cohesively and purposefully with other organizations and professional societies to accomplish universal goals that support our mission to promote minerals, metals, and materials science and technology. Please review the TMS Advocacy and Sponsorship Guiding Values and Approval Processes before requesting society endorsement for any initiative. 

TMS Public & Governmental Affairs Committee

Many of TMS's activities related to public policy and government affairs are the work of the TMS Public & Governmental Affairs Committee. This committee actively promotes the economic and environmental importance of materials research and development to both the public and government. 

TMS/MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship

The Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship program permanently concluded on August 31, 2021. The program is no longer accepting new applicants, but you can view previous years' award recipients and read about their experiences through this website. 

TMS is a non-politically affiliated international professional membership organization based in the United States.