Young Professionals Share Networking Tools and Tactics for TMS2014

JOM, Dec 2013

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Young Professionals Share Networking Tools and Tactics for TMS2014

Lynne Robinson 0 1 0 step to acquaint others with your work. People will often approach you after your talk and strike up a more in-depth conversation about your research. Douglas Spearot, Associate Profes- sor, University of Arkansas, and cur- rent chair of the Young Professionals 1 Kinga A. Unocic, Research Staff Scientist, Oak Ridge National Labo- ratory, and past chair of the Young Professionals Committee , agreed that - Saryu Fensin participating in committee meetings is always good. It helps you engage in communication with others and offers the chance to meet and work with more senior TMS members. For meeting attendees who are just becoming acquainted with TMS's technical committees, she advised, Giving a Get an Early Career are encouraged to attend any and all of the TMS2014 programs developed expressly with their professional development needs in mind. In addition to the following highlights, be sure to check the Young Professionals tab of the TMS2014 website regularly for updates and complete descriptions at - Although offering boundless professional development opportunities, being one of about 4,000 attendees at a major technical meeting can be an intimidating prospect, particularly for an early career scientist or engineer. In preparing for that experience at the TMS 2014 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2014), Saryu Fensin, Postdoctoral Researcher, Los Alamos National Laboratory, suggests taking an active role in the meeting. The easiest way to develop connections is to join a technical committee or volunteer to organize an event, along with a seasoned TMS member, said Fensin, who serves as secretary for the TMS Young Professionals Committee. Most technical committee meetings held at TMS2014 are open to all TMS members. So, take advantage of that opportunity to propose new symposia and help guide future technical directions. Not being able to take an accurate head count at last years TMS Meet the Candidate Employment Poster Session was actually a positive outcome, said Andr Phillion, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, and organizer of the event for TMS2014. The crowd was quite big with many candidates and, more importantly, many employers, he recalled. There was no way that we could have tracked down the number of attendees. The popular session does have its limitsA maximum of 52 candidates seeking a cations and research interests on Sunday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m. We schedule it for Sunday evening to give candidates and potential employers the opportunity to meet for further discussion over the course of the meeting, explained Phillion. Employers can also attend a candidates talk, if that is of interest. Candidates must submit an abstract by January 15 to participate in the event. Committee, also noted that its important to do more than just come and go from technical sessions. Attend during the breaks, he said. This is a great way to have a short informal topic. Taking advantage of valuable networking opportunities outside the session room is a particularly important career development strategy for young professionals, Fensin added. Planned Professional Happy Hour Reception In a new twist on young professional networking events, TMS Board members and other prominent TMS members were invited to attend the Young Professional Happy Hour Reception at last years annual meeting. Attendees at both ends of the career spectrum were delighted with the results and the format is returning for TMS2014. Be sure to mark the dateMonday, February 17 at 6 p.m. social events like the Women in Science Breakfast and the Presidents Welcoming Reception connect you with many interesting people in the people outside of the formal events by going out to dinner and other casual activities. Dont just stay in your room. Leveraging existing relationships can likewise help open up new networking opportunities, Fensin continued. Dont hesitate to ask colleagues or advisors, who might be seasoned TMS members, to introduce you to other seasoned members, she said. While adding TMS members with more experience to a professional network should be a goal, developing contacts within a peer group of younger colleagues is just as valuable. Being involved with the Young Professionals Committee has been Unocic. Through it, Ive been able to work closely with a group of talented early career researchers to help bring new ideas to reality. Involvement in the Young Professionals program is, so far, the most important decision that I have made to advance my career through TMS, agreed Spearot. Its provided me with the opportunity to meet and work directly with people at many different levels within the organization. I have also been the recipient of several awards through the program that have funded travel to the TMS annual meeting or meetings abroad to present my research. Probably the most effective networking strategy for TMS2014, however, is being open to and aware of the many possible avenues for professional growth. The networking opportunities available at a TMS annual meeting are unparalleled, said Fensin. Over the years, I have formed various technical collaborations, generated new technical ideas, and formed lasting personal relationships. Just interacting with so many TMS members who are attending the meeting will help you develop professional connections, said Unocic, even though you may not realize at that moment that you are doing it. TMS2014 will take place from February 16-20 in San Diego, California. Visit the Registration and Travel tab on the TMS2014 website at www.tms. org/tms2014 and register by January discount, as well as the best rates on opportunities available through the TMS Young Professionals program, visit that website at /youngprofessional. Professional Luncheon Lecture TMS has named two Early Career Faculty Fellows. Meet them both at the Young Professional Luncheon Lecture on Tuesday, February 18. Congratulations to Michele Manuel, Assistant Professor, University of Florida, and Daniel Gianola, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, for receiving this prestigious honor.

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Young Professionals Share Networking Tools and Tactics for TMS2014, JOM, 2013, 1647-1648, DOI: 10.1007/s11837-013-0811-0