Building a world-class materials science and engineering workforce proficient in the tools and techniques necessary to accelerate the discovery, development, and deployment of advanced materials is one of four goals presented in the 2014 strategic plan of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI). As we approach nearly a decade of progress since the initiative was first announced in 2011, this latest technical report from TMS builds on previous work and offers a series of action plans and recommendations that address the strategic plan’s goals for education and training initiatives, which are critical to achieving the MGI’s national objectives. The report also synthesizes the results of an in-depth examination of the required knowledge and skills for individuals entering or already in the workforce.
Led by a team of 16 internationally recognized experts, Creating the Next-Generation Materials Genome Initiative Workforce was organized by TMS on behalf of the U.S. National Science Foundation (DMR #1840716).
- Reports on the current state of academic curriculum and training of the U.S. workforce to support the MGI.
- Defines 10 key competency areas along with core and advanced/specialty areas of knowledge and skills, organizing them according to the initiative’s foundational pillars of data, computation, and experiment.
- Captures and synthesizes recommendations of past MGI workshops, reports, and activities regarding education and workforce challenges and opportunities.
- Presents seven detailed action plans that describe how individuals, groups, and organizations can drive near-term actions that will have long-term impact in building the materials innovation ecosystem.
Creating the Next-Generation Materials Genome Initiative Workforce serves as the latest in an ongoing series of influential technical reports published by TMS that leverages its convening power, as well as the breadth, depth, and engagement of its membership.
Resources for Sharing Study Content
- Suggested Citation: The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), Creating the Next-Generation Materials Genome Initiative Workforce (Pittsburgh, PA: TMS, 2019). Electronic copies available at www.tms.org/mgiworkforce.
Materials Genome Initiative Testimonials