Materials Science and Engineering: Student and Professional Societies, and Other Resources
The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)
An international professional organization, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) serves students, professionals, and academics throughout the entire fields of materials science and engineering. Divisions of the organization cover electronic, magnetic, and photonic materials; extraction and processing; light metals; processing and manufacturing; and structural materials. In addition offering publications, forums, and events, TMS promotes technology transfer, accreditation of educational programs, professionalism and ethical conduct.
If you have any questions about TMS, contact Professor S. Ankem at email@example.com.
Materials Research Society (MRS)
Founded in 1973, the MRS boasts a large, globe- and discipline-spanning membership. The MRS facilitates information exchange and support for those in a variety of scientific fields that produce, study, or are affected by materials. The society holds two major annual meetings, publishes the MRS Bulletin and Journal of Materials Research, offers tutorials at symposia, and encourages technical interaction among academic and industry professionals.
Chemistry Council: Plastics
Learn how plastics are used in vehicles, electronics, packaging, and construction; how plastics contribute to safety and can help you save energy; how they are recycled; and how people are doing more with less plastic than before.
The Aluminum Association
Did you know that over one third of the total U.S. aluminum supply is provided through recycling? Learn more here.
American Ceramic Society
Ceramics have uses in everything from airplanes to household appliances. Check out this website to discover more uses.
- The Materials Information Society
This site headlines the top materials stories industry. The society is dedicated to advancing the applications of metals and materials.
The Materials Engineering Society (MatES)
The Materials Engineering Society (MatES) is an undergraduate student society devoted to the advancement of materials science. MatES is the University of Maryland's Materials Advantage Student Chapter of The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS). It is also recognized by other professional societies including ASM International and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS).
Membership in MatES is free, and includes the benefits of lounge use and the society's social, service, technical, and career development activities.
For more information, visit the MatES web site.
Alpha Sigma Mu
Alpha Sigma Mu is the International Professional Honor Society for Materials Science and Engineering. Students with outstanding scholarship are nominated for membership and are eligible to be nominated for scholarships. If you have any questions, contact Professor and Chair Robert Briber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honors and Awards
Each of the large number of professional materials-oriented societies sponsor awards to recognize outstanding scholarship and undergraduate research. All students enrolled in the materials engineering program are encouraged to select a faculty advisor who in their junior and senior years will guide them towards nomination for these awards.
The Department also has three awards which are presented annually in the spring to Materials students. These awards are the Outstanding Senior Award, the ASM/TMS Undergraduate Service Award, and the Outstanding Materials Student Service Award.
Materials Science Graduate Society (MSGS)
A student chapter of MRS, the Materials Science Graduate Society (MSGS), meets during the academic year. The chapter organizes student research presentations, invites prospective employers for discussions and collectively provides a forum for student-faculty interactions. For more information, interested students should contact the Materials Program Office. If you have any questions, contact Professor Lourdes Salamanca-Riba at email@example.com.