The COVID-19 pandemic has created extraordinary challenges for the TMS community. Many of us are working, teaching, learning, and carrying on the important work of materials science and engineering in virtual settings while we manage the impact of this crisis on our personal lives. TMS has created this resource as a one-stop portal to the online content, virtual networking opportunities, and COVID-19 related updates offered by the Society to provide resources and support to our members during these difficult times.
TMS COVID-19 Materials Needs Exchange
COVID-19 is a biological challenge, but as with so many things, materials science and engineering can play a significant role in defeating it. Please visit this website to review and engage with opportunities to help our global community confront this pandemic. Please also consider submitting a resource or offering your expertise in solving one of the challenges.
Access Materials Needs Exchange
Let Us Know What You Need
TMS is developing online learning content focused on the immediate and longer term needs and interests of the professional community. Please let us know what additional topics or presenters would be of value to you by completing the brief survey below.
What New Content Do You Need
Share ideas, build your professional profile, and continue conversations while you practice social distancing with an array of TMS resources. Read this article on virtual networking to get started.
Professional Development Where You Are
Sharpen your skills, brush up on fundamentals, and explore new technical areas through the online learning resources offered by TMS, all free to TMS members.
Catch Up on Your Reading
Take a deep dive into a technical area or expand your appreciation of the field by browsing TMS’s digital libraries. Please visit the TMS Bookstore for information on TMS books, e-books, and proceedings.
TMS Meeting Updates
The strength of TMS is its ability to convene scientists and engineers across disciplines to learn, network, and exchange knowledge critical to the advancement of materials technologies. Throughout 2020, TMS is organizing or supporting an array of international technical meetings that enable this work. Travel restrictions and containment strategies to address COVID-19 are being adopted at all levels and are, out of necessity, frequently unspecific as to when they will end. Within this context, we are reviewing each event’s unique situation and working closely with our volunteer meeting organizers to be assured that we can deliver the kind of essential experience to which the materials community has become accustomed, although date postponements may be necessary. Check the TMS Meetings Calendar regularly for schedule updates and review the guiding principles outlined in a March 2020 letter to the membership that we are following as we make these decisions.
Make science learning fun at home with the free educational resources offered by Materials ExplorersTM, the TMS STEM outreach program. Each module is aligned with national standards and designed to be easily integrated into your childrens’ curriculum.
In these uncertain times, consider taking advantage of this resource to connect with potential employers and recruiters, or to address critical needs within your company’s workforce.
Any individual who is dealing with a temporary setback in their career—job loss, employer funding cuts, working reduced hours, etc.—can apply for an economic hardship membership from TMS. This free membership allows you to use TMS resources to find a new position, to reach out to colleagues about new opportunities, and to stay up-to-date on research during this transition phase of your career, at no cost to you. Please contact the TMS Membership Department, with a brief description of your situation to request this category of TMS membership.
We Are Here for You
Like many of you, TMS staff are working under stay-at-home orders, but are still available to answer any questions that you might have about getting the most out of your membership during this time. Please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.