Partner Societies and Contacts
The Material Advantage™ program combines the individual benefits of four (4) partner societies into one great advantage for students. Each of the four partners in the Material Advantage™ student program provide a staff liaison for the day-to-day business. Below are the current staff contacts for each as well as a brief description of each partner’s role in the administration of the program.
The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) is an international membership society focusing on engineered ceramic and glass materials and applications, and a leading source of information about ceramic and glass technologies. ACerS serves more than 9,500 members and students from more than 70 countries. Founded in 1898, the Society is headquartered in Westerville, Ohio.
ACerS Contact: Yolanda Natividad, +1.614.794.5827. ACerS is responsible for the Material Advantage™ website and special programming, such as Congressional Visits Day and contests at MS&T.
The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) is a non-profit entity with over 17,500 members from more than 70 countries. AIST is recognized as a global leader in networking, education and sustainability programs for advancing iron and steel technology. Serving the entire iron and steel community, including steel manufacturers, suppliers, consumers and academics, our mission is to advance the technical development, production, processing and application of iron and steel.
AIST Contact: Courtney Shaffer, +1.724.814.3096. AIST is responsible for marketing the Material Advantage™ student program and producing the monthly Material Advantage Newsletter.
ASM International® is the preeminent association for engaging and connecting materials professionals and their organizations to the resources necessary to solve problems, improve outcomes, and advance society. As the world’s largest and most established materials information society, ASM engages and connects you to a global network of peers and provides access to trusted materials information through reference content and data, education courses, international events, and research.
ASM International Contact: Drew Fleming, +1.440.338.5151, ext. 5652. ASM is responsible for administering the Material Advantage™ chapters and various chapter awards, such as Chapters of Excellence.
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) is a member-driven international professional society dedicated to fostering the exchange of learning and ideas across the entire range of minerals, metals, and materials science and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production, to basic research and the advanced applications of materials. Included among its nearly 13,000 professional and student members are metallurgical and materials engineers, scientists, researchers, educators, and administrators from more than 80 countries on six continents.
TMS Contact: Bryn Simpson, +1.724.776.9000, ext. 259. TMS is responsible for administration of Material Advantage™ memberships, including annual dues.