The Materials Community Connects at TMS2018 Networking Events

JOM, May 2018

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The Materials Community Connects at TMS2018 Networking Events

JOM The Materials Community Networking Events Kelly Zappas Kaitlin McMahon Ashley-Anne Bohnert President's Welcoming Reception - While strong technical programming is the focus of any TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, the conference also serves as a venue where scientists and engineers can develop their professional skills and build relationships within their community at social, professional, and networking events. Sunday Networking Events Materials Bowl After a full day of intense competition, the Colorado School of Mines “Orediggers” reclaimed their title as Materials Bowl champions at the 12th installment of this annual student competition. The “Orediggers” won after a challenging championship round against the University of Florida “Gators.” 2017 TMS President David DeYoung of scientists and engineers for their hard work and preparation for game day. A total of nine teams participated in Sunday’s materials-themed knowledge competition, sponsored by Goodfellow. “Orediggers” team members accept the Materials Bowl trophy from 2017 TMS President David H. DeYoung (center), from left to right, Joe Jankowski, Melissa Thrun, John Copely, and Chloe Johnson. On Sunday night, TMS2018 formally opened with the President’s Welcoming Reception, a networking event that allowed attendees to gather for an informal evening of socializing and getting acquainted with the meeting venue before the start of technical programming on Monday morning. TMS Fellows Reception The TMS Fellows Reception offered distinguished members and their invited guests an opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new acquaintances in a TMS Volunteers Convene Technical and administrative committee meetings took place on Sunday and throughout the week at TMS2018, bringing members together to shape the future of the society and to network with individuals who share their interests. Monday Networking Events Meet a Mentor SMD Luncheon Lecture Somnath Ghosh, Johns Hopkins University, delivered the feature presentation, “Advances in Computational Mechanics and Computational Materials Science for MultiScale Fatigue Prediction,” during the Structural Materials Division (SMD) Luncheon. In his talk, Ghosh explored the question “Why do we need modeling at multiple scales?”—to determine failure properties, for one; and because “modeling at the microscopic level is exhaustive while macroscopic simulations lack information on the microscopic variables and mechanisms,” Ghosh explained. He also covered various approaches for developing a multiscale computational framework for physicsbased, multi-scale modeling of fatigue crack nucleation, Rebecca Connelly (standing), curriculum advisor for Materials Explorers™, TMS’s new STEM outreach initiative, presented pilot program results to the TMS Public & Governmental Affairs Committee. Early career professionals and seasoned TMS members gathered around tables at the TMS2018 Meet-a-Mentor event to begin an important conversation. Some groups shared ideas on how best to communicate with co-workers, while others discussed how to turn passion into expertise. towards establishing mentoring relationships. “This is something that you always want to get when discussion with her mentor group about career paths to be particularly reassuring. “It was good to hear that, just because you don’t get the job or internship you were expecting, you can always take another route. There’s always another way to go in your career.” At the end of the evening, participants were encouraged to exchange business cards and to keep the conversations going beyond TMS2018. Somnath Ghosh Tuesday Networking Events EPD/MPMD Luncheon Lecture James A. Warren, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), gave the featured lecture at the Extraction & Processing Division (EPD)/Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division (MPMD) Luncheon. Warren opened his talk, “The Materials Genome Initiative Genome Initiative (MGI) as “an effort among government agencies to work together to decrease the time-to-market by 50% while also decreasing cost for the development of advanced materials in manufactured products.” He then robots.” To achieve the goals of the MGI, Warren explained, “we need better, or any, data and models.” AI, which is currently experiencing an exponential growth phase, can be a system for creating models, and better models means less data. “If there’s one takeaway today—ignore AI at your technical peril,” he said. “The world is about to change completely. This is coming fast.” Warren cautioned, however, that many AI predictions have no way of telling what the ground truth is, and there is little understanding of the potential consequences of this possibly over-hyped technology. Another challenge lies in curating data. Warren likened data curation to “eating impact; improving reproducibility and research continuity; minimizing data loss; and adhering to government mandates, like the MGI. Data curation is a big task, daunting even, but it’s not impossible, noted Warren, stressing the importance of materials data curation systems to the current work being it,” he concluded. Young Professional Tutorial Luncheon Lecture Attendees of the Young Professional Tutorial Luncheon Lecture were treated to presentations from both 2018 TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow awardees. Sung Woo Nam, assistant professor at the University of Illinois, provided an overview of his work on expanding the functions of nanomaterials in his talk, “Designing and Shaping Nanomaterials via Controlled Mechanical Deformations.” Nam highlighted the value of his team’s work by drawing an analogy to origami, the art of paper folding. As Nam explained, “by folding a piece of paper, you can create something beautiful and useful—all of a sudden, the value of that material has dramatically increased.” He noted that, in many ways, the principle is the same for his team’s research, as the mechanical deformations they have explored have created a host of useful new functions. Cong Wang, a professor at Northeastern University in Shenyang, China, offered in his presentation, “Oxide Metallurgy: From Concepts to Practice,” an integrated casting, rolling, and heat treating. Speaking of his team’s approach to inclusion and the manufacturing process of steel, Wang noted, “We look at the process the microstructure at each stage of the manufacturing process.” The TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow Award program is made possible by the TMS Foundation. Sung Woo Nam James Warren When trying to decide where to work, students ought to consider how important it would be to see their research turn into real-world applications, Craig Brice of Lockheed Martin suggested during the Student Career Forum. For those who want to have a direct connection to a product and want to see a quick turnaround of their research to application, industry might be the best choice, he advised. Those who prefer basic research might do well in academia, and those who lie somewhere in between should consider government work, which allows researchers to see application of their Brice was one of six panelists who shared their career potential career paths during the event. and to understand that while they may not end up exactly where they thought, their educations will still serve them well. As Zackery McClelland, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), observed. “I was hired not because of my expertise in magnesium—I haven’t Wednesday Networking Events Diversity and Inclusion Breakfast The “Fresh Coffee, Fresh Ideas: Diversity & Inclusion Breakfast” invited attendees to gain a fresh perspective as well. Angie Wellman, Associate Director of the Student Life Multicultural Center at The Ohio State University, discussed the factors that shape each individual’s sense of identity and reminded attendees that “across different come to the table as individuals.” Small group discussions allowed each breakfast participant a chance to discuss with one another instances when they felt excluded in the workplace due to some aspect of their identity. As Wellman tasked attendees with bringing this new awareness to the rest of their interactions that day, she reminded them that one of the main challenges in creating an open and LMD Luncheon Lecture Martin Jarrett, Constellium UK Ltd., delivered the Light Metals Division (LMD) Luncheon Lecture, “Accelerating the Development of Aluminum Lightweighting Solutions for Crash Management Systems and Structural Automotive Components.” “The lightweighting agenda is driven by regulations,” Jarrett said. “When we hit the 2021-22 point, we will see a reduction in emissions and that will be driven by electric vehicles.” To achieve several lightweighting goals, such as using rapid prototyping of aluminum alloys for reducing touched magnesium since I graduated—but because of the skills that I have.” The Student Career Forum was organized by the TMS Young Professionals Committee. Craig Brice (left) and Zackery McClelland field questions at the Student Career Forum. opportunity to help one another–not because we don’t have allies in our workplace, but because we don’t think to ask ‘how can I help you feel included?’” development times and creating a “copy-paste” approach to industrialization and technology transfer, Jarrett’s company Constellium established a technology Angie Wellman Martin Jarrett partnership with Brunel University London with the Constellium University Technology Center (UTC). There are still big opportunities to save weight, Jarrett noted, particularly regarding vehicle structure. For example, the UTC team was able to optimize crash management systems by introducing Constellium’s (highstrength) and HCA6 (crash) alloys to “protect better and, actually, cost less,” Jarrett said. “We’ve replaced steel structure with aluminum structures, and in this case, we’ve taken 35% of the weight off the vehicle. For every percent weight you take out, you get a percent increase in driving goals in lightweighting, Jarrett noted, is “the investment in people to support technology development.” An Evening Devoted to Excellence in the Field As she was inducted into this year’s class of TMS Fellows, Carol Handwerker, professor, Purdue University, Boettinger, had shared with her. “He said, ‘The pinnacle of my career would be if I became a TMS Fellow.’ And that is how I feel today.” (Boettinger, by the way, was named a TMS Fellow in 2007.) Handwerker was one of six individuals to receive the TMS Fellow Award—the highest honor the Society can bestow on a member of the TMS community—during the TMS-AIME Awards Ceremony and Banquet on Wednesday evening, March 14. More than 50 individuals were honored at the ceremony, some with more than one award. Tresa Pollock, University of California, Santa Barbara, was the most decorated award recipient of the evening, being called to the stage three times to accept the AIME Honorary Membership Award, the Alexander Scott Distinguished Service Award, and the Morris Cohen Award. This year’s event followed a different format than previous years. Participants gathered for a reception prior to the awards ceremony. Then, after the awards were presented, those who purchased tickets enjoyed a sit-down dinner in the banquet hall. After dinner, guests moved to the gala portion of the evening, where dessert was served on the balcony of the Sheraton Grand Phoenix hotel. The soundtrack for the evening’s events was provided by a string quartet, playing unique arrangements of popular songs from movies, theater, and television. In the Exhibit Hall The TMS2018 Exhibit Hall hosted several social and networking events throughout the week, including the Exhibit Opening Reception and Poster Session on Monday evening, the Exhibit Hall Happy Hour and Poster Session on Tuesday evening, and daily lunches for attendees. The Exhibit Hall, which featured 88 exhibiting companies, was open Monday through Wednesday, March 12–14.

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The Materials Community Connects at TMS2018 Networking Events, JOM, 2018, 793-797, DOI: 10.1007/s11837-018-2903-3