PhD students organized successful symposium at TMS Annual Meeting

The symposium, held March 13 in San Antonio, explored the relationship between materials scientists and the science policy community.
PhD students organized successful symposium at TMS Annual Meeting

Graduate students Kathleen Chou, Ashley Hilmas, Peter Meisenheimer, and Max Powers

Four MSE graduate students - Kathleen Chou, Ashley Hilmas, Peter Meisenheimer and Max Powers - organized a symposium on Science Policy Within the Materials Research Community at The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) Annual Meeting in San Antonio last week. TMS implemented the experience a few years ago to give graduate students the opportunity to be active contributors to the conference, engage with leaders in the field, and gain valuable experience for organizing a conference symposium. The symposium planning rotates universities every year, so Michigan students were invited to organize the symposium for 2019.

The symposium was held on Wednesday, March 13, and consisted of speakers from various universities, funding agencies, and national laboratories, including MSE Professors Alan Taub (invited speaker) and John Allison (panelist). The symposium focused on the interconnection between the scientific community and science policies, the common obstacles that should be addressed in order to move forward with future research, and how science policy decisions affect the various scientific and engineering communities.