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Materials Science & Technology Gathering
July 7, 2005

Five leading materials-related societies have joined forces to create Materials Science & Technology 2005 (MS&T ‘05), the year’s largest technical gathering on the latest developments in materials research and applications. More than 8,000 materials scientists and engineers are expected to attend MS&T ‘05, to be held Sept. 25-28, 2005 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

MS&T ‘05 is organized and sponsored by the ASM International; American Ceramic Society (ACerS), American Welding Society (AWS), Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST), and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).

“This is going to be the largest American event dedicated to the scientists, engineers, executives, managers and technicians who work with materials science and engineering,” said Mark Blankenau, Severstal NA, Inc., AIST liaison to the MS&T Conference Planning Committee. “With more than 40 sessions over four days, MS&T is going to be so big that will be a challenge for attendees to see all the presentations they want to see.”

The confluence of five societies in Pittsburgh reflects the interdisciplinary nature of materials science and engineering.

“It’s not just about metals anymore,” said Srinath Viswanathan of Sandia National Laboratories, representing ASM. “When you talk about designing and manufacturing an automobile or an airplane, you’re not just talking about aluminum and steel. You’re talking about metals, corrosion, welding and joining, paints and coatings—each selected for performance and cost-effectiveness. By bringing all of these perspectives together at one meeting, all of us will benefit from the synergy of new ideas.”

“Cross fertilization is the buzzword,” said Jim Foley, Los Alamos National Laboratory, representing TMS. “Wherever you go at MS&T, you’re going to learn something about materials that you didn’t know before. When you get back to the office and can tell your boss that you talked with 30 different people in the materials field and learned something—that’s impressive.”

“I think that a joint super-conference representing all of materials science and technology is a fantastic idea,” said Brian Damkroger, Sandia National Laboratory, representing AWS. “At a time when travel budgets are tightening, it’s easier to get management approval to attend one all-inclusive event, as opposed to a number of focused, topical meetings.”

From materials for fuel cells, hydrogen storage and the “hydrogen economy” to the latest advances in nanomaterials and MEMS (micro-electronic mechanical systems), MS&T provides a single event for keeping up with the latest advances in materials.

“We come from different backgrounds, different industries, but we speak the same language of materials,” said Vijay Jain, Southwest Research Institute, representing ACerS. “This is an excellent move for the entire materials community, and I’m very excited about the learning and networking that will take place.”

In addition to this extensive technical program, the MS&T celebration also comprises many special events, including distinguished lectures, alumni gatherings, special awards luncheons and dinners, and an enjoyable guest program.

To provide additional opportunities to learn and network, the ASM Heat Treating Society Conference & Exposition, North America’s largest heat treating event, will be co-located with MS&T at the convention center. For details visit

Featured Program Highlights include:
“Moving Materials Informatics Forward”—Informatics, involving the combination of computational tools and data to provide value-added information, has had a transforming effect on the way the biomedical field acquires stores, analyzes and visualizes the results from experimental programs. Join a panel of thought leaders in this leading edge topic to learn more.

“Regenerative Materials”—Presented by Dr. Alan J. Russell, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative, Director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine / UPMC Health System, and Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering.

“Changing Our World, Atom by Atom: The Transformative Effects of Nanoscale Science and Technology” will be presented by Dr. William J. Madia, Executive Vice President, Laboratory Operations, Battelle.

“Perspectives on Nanotechnology”—Building on the 2005 ASM/TMS Distinguished Lecture

ASM International, The Materials Information Society, serves the materials science and engineering profession. ASM’s worldwide membership is comprised of 36,000 research scientists, materials engineers, faculty members, industrial and manufacturing engineers, technicians and students whose work involves advanced materials, processes that improve performance and applications that improve our quality of life. ASM’s Materials Park headquarters near Cleveland, OH is known for the world’s largest openwork geodesic dome. Visit for details.

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