Great Expectations: New TMS Board Members Share Their Ideas

JOM, Dec 2013

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Great Expectations: New TMS Board Members Share Their Ideas

0 members, at the TMS 2014 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2014) , February 16-20, in San Diego, Cali- - state of TMS as a whole, while laying the groundwork for new and expanded opportunities. One area that Turchi is particularly interested in exploring is enhancing TMS programming in the realm of cross-cutting activities as demanded by recent initiatives fostered by national and international agencies on clean and renewable energies, critical materials, materials genomics, and additive manufacturing, to name a few cies, there is an opportunity for TMS to be the go-to professional society Turchi also believes that TMS is well-positioned to take the lead in promoting joint programming and cothe materials science and engineering communities across North and South America, as well as strengthening its role in educating future generations of scientists not only within the USA but also worldwide. While Turchi notes that his focus will be on preparing TMS for the next few decades, he feels strongly that the organizations mission and values remain timeless. Patrice Turchi, 2014 Vice President I can personally vouch for the TMS motto, Learn, Network, and Advance, since it speaks to what I was commented. In our profession, learn indicates that, even if something new comes out of research, it is important one, sometimes heated, discussions. In this new era of advanced communication, networking is a must, especially for young researchers looking for a career in science. This comes in different networks, to society websites, to meeting people face-to-face at conferences. The TMS Annual Meeting, as well as other resources, offer excellent opportunities for all of these experiences. Advance goes hand-in-hand with learn, Turchi continued. I am always looking for symposia where topics are not part of my realm of expertise and am a strong believer that bringing together scientists from diverse disciplines enables new ideas to develop. At a TMS meeting, such possibilities exist big-time, because of the wealth of core topics, and also the broad and societal-related subjects that have found their home at TMS. It was at one of these conferences Content Director, began his journey with the organization when he submitted an abstract as a postdoctoral fellow at the encouragement of his mentor. It immediately became clear to me rum in which to present my research, as well as a community that would be forward, he said. The quality of science presented has always kept me engaged, but so has the opportunity to be of service. Now the group leader for Neutron Science and Technology at Los Alathat receiving a TMS Young Leaders Professional Development Award in 2007 was a turning point for his engagement as a TMS volunteer, with career. The bottom-up nature of the society allows everyone to get involvedAll you have to do is step forward and offer to help with something, he said. The lessons that I have learned through service with TMS have been invaluable. Eric N. Brown, 20142017 Content Director Service is something that grows, had an opportunity to volunteer with TMS, I have always gotten more out the experience than I put into it. The position of Content Director is yet another exciting opportunity to serve TMS and support the scientists and engineers it represents. Over the millennia, the advancement of our knowledge of materials has been central to advancement of the human experience. What we do within TMS and how we document and share the knowledge of the membership is incredibly important to the future. Edward D. Herderick, TMSs newly elected Public & Governmental Afspectives on his volunteer experiences. Every bit of energy I put into TMS I get back at least two-fold, Herderick remarked. I think that the bottom up volunteer-driven model encourages active participation. And, on the technical side of things, the blend of primary materials production, materials processing, and materials development and deployment is a mix that is greater than the sum of its parts. Herderick notes that while TMS was a valuable hub of academic exchange during his undergraduate and graduate years, it was being selected as the TMS co-sponsored Congressional Fellow that accelerated my career in ways that wouldnt have been possible without that opportunity. Herderick, who is now director of research and development at Rapid Prototype + Manufacturing in Avon Lake, Ohio, will draw heavily on the insights he gained as a Congressional Fellow as the board director responsible for guiding TMSs role and relationships in the realm of public policy. I am well-acquainted with the interplay between politics and policy, he said. I hope to contribute by supporting members of the Public & Governmental Affairs Committee, as well as TMS members as a whole, in both communicating materials science and engineering to policy makers and introducing and exposing the TMS community to the dance of legislation. Acknowledging that this dance can often be a challenging one, Herderick said he was committed to pursuing believe in the role advanced materials play in bettering our society and in TMSs role and importance in supporting that endeavor. I firmly believe in the role advanced materials play in bettering our society and in TMSs role and importance in supporting that endeavor. Edward D. Herderick, 20142017 Public & Governmental Affairs Director Making an impact on another key TMS prioritythe advancement of professional development and materials educationis a part that Jeffrey Fergus, Professor at Auburn University, is eager to play as the new TMS Professional Development Director. One important role of the TMS gram criteria and program evaluators I have experience with a variety of roles in the accreditation process and can provide perspectives to the board that will help to ensure that its decicommunity. Fergus gained much of this experience as a volunteer on the TMS Professional Registration and Accreditation Committees, later going on to chair both of those groups. I initially become involved in the Accreditation Committee to learn about the process to help my own program prepare for our accreditation visit, but then found I could make contributions beyond my own institution by representing TMS porting these educational and professional development activities and it is rewarding to contribute in those areas. I look forward to working on identifyment needs for the TMS membership meet those needs. TMS plays a significant part in supporting educational and professional development activities and it is rewarding to contribute in those areas Jeffrey Fergus, 20142017 Professional Development Director Roger Narayan, TMSs new Director and Electronic, Magnetic & Photonic Materials Division (EMPMD) Chair, is likewise intending to ensure the continued growth and value of EMPMD activities to TMS members. I look forward to working with the board to set a new direction for the EMPMD that reinforces traditional strengths of the division, but also facilitates growth into rapidly developing areas of materials science and engineering, said Narayan, a professor cal Engineering at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University. I also hope to help membership through activities at the annual meeting and opportunities throughout the year. In addition, I plan to work with the board on additional opportunities for TMS to partner with counterpart organizations in compleparticularly those related to biological/ biomedical, environmental, and energy topics. Roger Narayan, 20142017 Director/Chair EMPMD a TMS volunteer through the Young Professional Program and by organizing the Nanostructured Materials for at TMS2004. Over the next decade, he has worked with colleagues on the the Thin Films and Interfaces Committee, to develop programming at annual meetings, while also being involved with the Programming Committee, the Materials Innovation Committee, and the Nanomaterials Technical Advisory Group. These experiences, he notes, will inform his service on the TMS numerous opportunities to interact with colleagues in academia, government laboratories, and industry, he said. Participating in technical committees has also allowed me to develop organizational skills, while serving the materials community. Mark E. Schlesinger, incoming TMS Director and Chair of the Extraction & Processing Division (EPD), will likewise be pulling from his considerable body of service to TMS in his work as a board member. My involvement with TMS has allowed me to serve my profession, in particular the extractive metallurgy community, he said. Ive also been involved with the Professional Registration Committee for many years, and helped develop the current committee structure in the early 1990s. I am likewise involved with the improvement of nomination and selection practices for TMS awards, both at the EPD and the society level. Helping people get the recognition they deserve from our profession is worth the effort. TMS has also developed an interest in Consider A Leadership Position With TMS term until January 31, 2014. The open positions are: Vice President/President/ Past President (also known as the presidential cycle); Financial Planning OfI would encourage anyone who is eager to volunteer at TMS to become a board member as I did, said Patrice Turchi, the incoming Vice President for 2014 and a past chair of the EMPMD. It is very gratifying to see, behind the scenes, what it takes to organize a massive meeting , and tackle issues beyond our everyday life and research activities. This opportunity allows you to shape and enhance the status of TMS in a way that you For additional information, contact Nancy Lesko, TMS executive and governance assistant, at . growing and enhancing its continuing education function, and I look forward to contributing to this effort as well. I became involved with TMS as a student at the University of Missouri Rolla in the late 1970s, continued Schlesinger, Professor of Metallurgical Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology. Its given me the chance to meet my invisible collegethe group of researchers and engineers who share my interests. The people whom Ive met through TMS have led to career opportunitiesthe chance to live and work in Australia, Norway, and Swedenand have enhanced my knowledge of metallurgical engineering and the places where metals are produced. TMS has, in recent years, become more active in developing relationships with similar societies in other countries: The Metallurgy and Materials Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum; and Mining Association; the Chinese Society for Metals; and others. These other societies are often oriented toin developing these relationships, Schlesinger further commented. The percentage of EPDs membership that comes from outside the U.S. is one of the highest of any division with TMS, and learning how to make our organization work in a global environment will be increasingly important.


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Great Expectations: New TMS Board Members Share Their Ideas, JOM, 2013, 1653-1655, DOI: 10.1007/s11837-013-0816-8