Current TMS News

June 8, 2017

In This Issue
Download Building a Materials Data Infrastructure

Nearly 700 members of the professional community have downloaded their complimentary copies of Building a Materials Data Infrastructure (MDI): Opening New Pathways to Discovery and Innovation in Science and Engineering, the newest study from TMS,  since its release on May 22 at the 4th World Congress on Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME 2017). Make sure to download your copy, as well, and encourage colleagues who could benefit from this resource to do the same.

"The interest in storing and sharing materials data has been growing over the past two decades, but the community hasn't had a comprehensive document defining the hurdles to overcome and activities needed to create a materials data infrastructure," commented Charles H. Ward, MDI Study Team Leader, on the positive response to the report. "This study provides a blueprint that people can act on, even locally, to help build the MDI."

Developed by a team of experts, Building a Materials Data Infrastructure offers individuals, groups, and organizations a valuable tool for proactively addressing the global trend towards open sharing of research products. Study highlights include:

•             Clear definition of the materials data infrastructure
•             Summary of major technical, cultural, and policy challenges
•             Detailed, actionable recommendations
•             Review of related workshops, events, and reports

"We built on several past workshops held in the materials community and looked at complementary efforts in other scientific disciplines," said Ward regarding the study's content. "I would say, however, that we still have a lot to learn from other scientific disciplines and can likely borrow technology and best practices from them in building the MDI. Perhaps, in several cases, we can work together."

Building a Materials Data Infrastructure was organized by TMS on behalf of the U.S. National Science Foundation.  It is the latest in a series of impactful studies that TMS has lead on topics critical to the advancement of the minerals, metals, and materials fields. Learn more about TMS Studies.

TMS and MRS Name 2017-2018 Congressional Fellow

TMS and the Materials Research Society (MRS) have selected Scott Litzelman, currently at Booz Allen Hamilton, as the 2017-2018 TMS/MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow. Through the fellowship, Litzelman will serve a one-year term working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee.

"The intersection of science and policy is something that has always fascinated me," said Litzelman. "This Fellowship will allow me to delve further into the workings of Congress and better understand how we, as scientists, can more effectively help our leaders meet the challenges that lie ahead. This is an invaluable opportunity to expand my career in new and exciting directions, and for that I am extremely grateful."

Litzelman will begin his fellowship in early September in Washington, D.C., starting with an intensive science policy orientation facilitated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) before going through an interview and selection process with offices of senators, representatives, or committees on Capitol Hill. 

Litzelman earned a B.S. from North Carolina State University in 2002 and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009. His doctoral research focused on modulating the ionic and electronic conductivity of nanostructured thin films for solid oxide fuel cells. During his doctoral research, Litzelman received the Charlemagne Scholarship to perform secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) research for several months at the RTWH Aachen University in Germany.

After completion of his Ph.D., Litzelman joined Booz Allen Hamilton as a scientific consultant. For the past eight years, he has helped program directors at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) implement and manage early-stage R&D funding programs. 

The purpose of the Congressional Fellowships program is to bring technical and scientific backgrounds and external perspectives to the decision-making process in Congress. Typically, Fellows conduct legislative or oversight work, assist in Congressional hearings and debates, prepare briefs, and write speeches as a part of their daily responsibilities. By applying his scientific expertise in this policy environment, Litzelman will help to broaden awareness of the value of scientist- and engineer-government interaction.

TMS and MRS select a new Congressional Fellow each year. Learn more about the fellowship and meet the past winners.
Anode Technology Course is Back

The Anode Technology for the Aluminum Industry Course is back as part of this year's slate of TMS Aluminum Courses. Jules Côté of Aluminerie Alouette Inc. and Robert Higginson of SCCR Pty Ltd. join the expert team of instructors who will lead this year's course, which will feature an updated curriculum for 2017. The program will present technical topics in the development of anodes, such as rodding and fume control, with an emphasis on operational aspects and theoretical lectures. Registration is now open for the 2017 course, scheduled for September 17–22, 2017, in Sept-Îles, Québec, Canada.

The development of improved anode technology is a key component of the aluminum industry's effort to improve productivity, increase energy efficiency, and reduce emissions. Anode technology is a critical element to safe and optimal potroom operations. The Anode 2017 program will provide a basic understanding of the principles and operating practices needed for consistent production of high-quality anodes.

The registration fee includes a welcome reception, daily lunch, refreshment breaks, graduation dinner, a half-day plant tour at Aluminerie Alouette followed by dinner at the plant, and printed course materials—a comprehensive reference resource of more than 600 pages to add to your library. Visit the Anode 2017 website to learn more about this program and to register.