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Exciting Plenary Session at this Year’s TMS Meeting

By Ed Herderick on Thursday, February 7th, 2013

One my personal favorite activities as a materials engineer is my volunteer support of TMS (The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society,  They are a first class organization and I always enjoy supporting their efforts on engaging the materials community.

In that vein, I’m a co-organizer of this year’s Materials Innovation Plenary, “Innovation in Materials & Manufacturing,” at the TMS annual meeting in San Antonio on Wednesday March 6 along with my good friend Jud Ready from Georgia Tech.

The plenary panel has shaped up very well, and it will be an informative session focused on a number of fascinating topics with great speakers.

International Space Station Chief Scientist Julie Robinson will be presenting “The International Space Station as an Innovation Laboratory: Materials Research and Beyond” discussing the ISS role as a national laboratory.  Frank Gayle, Deputy Director of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office based out of NIST will be presenting on the “National Network for Manufacturing Innovation” initiative.  Rob Ivester, Deputy Program Manager at the DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office will be presenting “New Approaches to Manufacturing Innovation in DOE”.  Tresa Polluck, Alcoa Professor of Materials and Chair of the of the Materials Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara will be presenting “Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME): A study on ICME Implementation in the Aerospace, Automotive, and Maritime Industries”.

This meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 6 starting at 2:00 p.m. in the Lila Cockrell Theatre of the Convention Center in San Antonio.  The story (link below) appears on the Materials Technology @TMS website under the Emerging Materials Technologies community.  As a materials enthusiast I can’t wait for this great session and hope you’ll stop by!

If you would like any information on EWI, or have interest in materials science, please feel free to contact me. (Ed Herderick) I can be reached at 614.688.5000, or by email at

Please check out my previous post on ICME.


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