About MRS

Operating Committees     

MRS operating committees form the operational heart of the society and are made up of energized volunteers who wish to help drive forward specific aspects of the society. The links on the left detail descriptions of the responsibilities and activities of each committee. If you're interested in volunteering on a committee, please complete the Volunteer Profile Form to express your interests and send it to us here. Complete forms may also be submitted via fax to 724.779.8313, attention Michele Feder.

Academic Affairs Committee

The Academic Affairs Committee works to engage early career faculty, scientists, post-docs, and (graduate/undergraduate) students to make MRS a home society for them by identifying the educational and professional priorities of younger members; developing, implementing, and managing programs and activities designed to advance the education and careers of these groups. The committee serves as the MRS liaison to ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) and in an advisory capacity to MRS University Chapters. The Academic Affairs Committee also includes the Accreditation Subcommittee, Early Career Professionals Subcommittee, Education Subcommittee, Student Engagement Subcommittee and University Chapters and Special Projects Subcommittee.

Awards Committee

The MRS Awards Committee oversees all Society awards according to policies approved by the Board of Directors, arranges for the preparation and presentation of awards, recommends new awards and changes to existing awards, and oversees publicity for all awards. Subcommittees: Graduate Student Award, Innovation in Materials Characterization Award, The Kavli Foundation Early Career Lectureship in Materials Science, Materials Theory Award, Mid-Career Researcher Award, MRS Fellow, MRS Impact, MRS Medal, Outstanding Young Investigator, MRS Nelson Buck Robinson Science And Technology Award For Renewable Energy, Postdoctoral Awards, Turnbull Lectureship, and Von Hippel Award. 

Government Affairs Committee

The Government Affairs Committee contributes to the development of governmental science and technology policy in materials-related areas by responding to and initiating opportunities to interact nationally and internationally with government officials and public and private organizations on matters of science and technology policy. Subcommittees include Congressional Fellow, Congressional Visits, Government Agencies and Grass Roots. 

Meetings Committee

The Meetings Committee is responsible for planning, executing, and evaluating program content of all Meetings in which the Society participates. This includes technical and broader impact content, tutorials, workshops, experiments in new meetings, as well as co-sponsored, co-located or other partnered programming. Meetings Committee subcommittees are Meetings Assessment, New Meetings, Broader Impact Program Development and Program Development.

Member Engagement Committee

The Member Engagement Committee promotes member engagement in the Society and assesses volunteer needs by planning and coordinating research, evaluating the research, and communicating it to Society leadership. Subcommittees include Diversity, Women in Materials Science & Engineering, Volunteerism and Communities. 

Public Outreach Committee

The Public Outreach Committee develops activities and programs on international, national and local levels to educate the general public on materials research and its importance. Activities and programs may include, but are not limited to, professional development programs and activities for scientists to learn public communications skills for direct interaction with non-scientist communities. The committee also integrates sustainability across the technical meeting programming and MRS publications, as well as incorporating sustainability into non-technical meeting and outreach programming.  Subcommittees: Outreach and Communications Skills, Focus on Sustainability.

Publications Committee

The Publications Committee shall be responsible for the quality of MRS publications and shall provide direction to and review of the society’s print and electronic publications, including journals, books, news, educational and all other publications. It shall oversee general editorial policy, engage in strategic planning and development of the Society’s current and future publications, recommend and work with partner entities where appropriate and initiate publication focused task forces and subcommittees as deemed necessary by the committee. 

Society Agility Council

The Society Agility Council works to coordinate and maintain innovative topical communities within MRS and works with MRS volunteers and staff to establish MRS strategic priorities related to those topical communities.  The Society Agility Council ensures that emerging and high impact materials research topics are incubated within MRS and encouraged to grow and flourish. It provides strategic advice to MRS Publications and Meetings Committees to help the Society build robust meetings and journals, including through collaborations and partnerships.