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Get Involved: Qizhen Li, TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award Winner
Get Involved spotlights the work of TMS volunteers and shows the wide range of activities available through the society. This month, Qizhen Li, assistant professor in the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, discusses her experiences as a 2012 TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award winner. The award provides funding for professional TMS members under the age of 40 to attend a TMS Annual Meeting and participate in high-level meetings of TMS leadership. TMS will accept applications for the 2013 award through September 15. For more information, visit http://www.tms.org/YoungLeaders/YLintern.aspx.
Q. Prior to winning the Young
Leader Professional Development
Award, what was your experience
A. Prior to winning this award, I
attended TMS meetings on a regular
basis to present research findings and
organize technical symposia. I became
a student member in 2001 and have
been a professional member since
Q. As part of the Young Leader
Professional Development Award,
you had the opportunity to attend
the TMS 2012 Annual Meeting and
participate in the board of directors
meeting. What did you learn from
A. This was my first time attending
the board of directors meeting. It was
a great eye-opening experience and
allowed me the in-person observation
on how the collaborative efforts of
directors contribute to the TMS society.
The directors were from academia,
industries, national labs, and so on.
They represented the diverse
backgrounds of TMS members and TMS
Q. You were awarded this
opportunity by the TMS Light Metals
Division (LMD). Did this experience
help you to become more involved
in TMSs light metals activities?
A. Yes. I had the experience for the
first time to attend the LMD
Council meeting and the LMD Luncheon,
which were great opportunities to
learn the variety of activities the LMD
leads. The division chair and TMS
staff are always helpful with
introducing and involving young professionals
in the division activities. The division
councilors are highly devoted to the
Q. What was the most valuable
aspect of the experience for you?
A. All of the arranged activities
were of high value. Among them, the
ones that impressed me the most were
the board of directors meeting and the
technical division council meeting.
Attending these meetings allowed me to
learn about all the efforts of the
directors and the councilors devoted to the
development and prosperity of TMS.
Q. Did the award help you to
meet other young professionals in
A. Yes. The activities arranged for
the awardees were great channels for
us to meet other young professionals.
The awardees also met and interacted
with each other while attending the
arranged activities. The TMS2012
Volunteer Leadership Lounge provided
Q. Do you plan to become more
involved in TMS activities as a
result of this experience?
A. Yes. I am involved in various
TMS activities. I became the secretary
of the Young Leader Committee and
hope to better serve TMS. The Young
Leader Committee is actively
working for the society through
conducting various duties such as organizing
the Young Leader Career Panel and
the Young Leader Meet the Candidate
Poster Session. These activities should
be able to help with the development
of young professionals in both
academic and industrial organizations.
Q. Would you encourage other
young professionals to apply for the
Professional Development Award?
If so, why?
A. Yes. It is obviously great for
young professionals to have the
opportunity to attend various activities,
especially the board of directors
meeting, through this award. These
activities provide training opportunities for
future leaders and benefit young
Kelly Zappas is a contributing writer for JOM.