Women in Materials Science and Engineering

The Women in Materials Science & Engineering (MS&E) subcommittee showcases various speakers and topics at the MRS meetings. The events are intended to promote interaction across various ethnic, cultural and gender boundaries and facilitate dialog among women (and men) working in, or pursuing education towards a profession in materials science or engineering. Our goal is to increase awareness by promoting a tone of inclusion that enhances professional growth and development and aids in the generation of innovative technical ideas that positively impact the broader STEM community.

Please be sure to visit the MRS meeting pages to find out about upcoming speakers at the workshop and breakfast events.

 Panel discussion among the Women in Materials Science and Engineering interest group Women in Materials Science and Engineering breakfast

We invite and encourage all visitors to this site to view this note from former MRS Awards Committee Chair C. Barry Carter regarding the importance of nominating women for MRS awards (August 2012).

Women in MS&E Activities

  • MRS Community Connections
    The MRS Women in Materials Science and Engineering Subcommittee and Diversity Subcommittee publishes a semi-annual e-newsletter called MRS Community Connections. Content appeals to a diverse audience of materials scientists and covers Broader Impact topics of interest to those in the field. To subscribe, log in with your MRS username and password, select Subscribe/Unsubscribe and choose MRS Community Connections
  • Women in MS&E Breakfasts 
    Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfasts are held at both the MRS Spring and Fall Meetings. These special gatherings feature a timely discussion of issues facing women in the materials science and engineering professions. They afford attendees a great opportunity to network with eminent women in MS&E from around the world. Read about past breakfast events and featured speakers here. Details regarding specific Women in MS&E Breakfasts at upcoming meetings will appear on individual meeting pages (listed under Activities & Events).
  • Workshops 
    The Women in MS&E Subcommittee sponsors workshops at every MRS Fall Meeting. Past topics have included innovation, work-life balance, time management and negotiation. 
  • Women in MS&E Newsletter Archives 
    The Women in MS&E Newsletter ran from 2007-2009 and featured topics such as academic tenure, career strategies, management styles and family management issues, as well as announcements relevant to women in the materials science community.
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