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Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) Elects Todd M. Osman as 2020-2021 Secretary/Treasurer

June 24, 2020
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WARRENDALE, PA – The Materials Research Society (MRS) is pleased to announce that Executive Director Todd M. Osman has been elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE).  His one-year term will begin July 23, 2020.

As a professional society dedicated to leadership excellence, CESSE’s membership comprises chief executive officers and mid- to senior-level staff members of scientific, technology, engineering, and mathematics societies. 

Osman joined CESSE in 2009 where he has been actively engaged as an organizer, speaker, volunteer, and in 2019, was elected to the Board of Directors. “The CESSE community was so welcoming to me when I became MRS executive director and has been a home ever since,” Osman said. 

He plans to “pay it forward” with his new Board position: “I have developed many fruitful working relationships and friendships over the years within CESSE. I hope to reflect the spirit of those who first welcomed me at CESSE and continue to give back to this community.” 

Osman brings a wealth of relevant experience to his new role on CESSE’s board. He received his PhD in materials science and engineering from Case Western University and worked in several roles dedicated to materials research and innovation, including more than a decade at the United States Steel Corporation. Osman’s work has included:

  • serving as principal or program lead to secure grants for developing country engagement, inclusive graduate education practices, and diversity programs
  • coordinating cooperative R&D programs in North America, Europe, and Asia
  • launching both a nonprofit organization and nonprofit foundation
  • authoring numerous articles and speaking, by invitation, on topics including commercial and social impact of materials, innovation, leadership, diversity and inclusion, product development, and fracture of materials.

As both an executive director and a member, Osman understands the value of organizations like CESSE and MRS. “The critical reason to engage in professional societies is to build networks and knowledge to advance your career,” he said. “CESSE provides that opportunity for professional society staff. CESSE has greatly assisted me in my service to MRS by enabling me to engage knowledge and peer networks to effectively address real-world problem that professional societies face.”

About the Materials Research Society

MRS is an organization of more than 15,500 materials researchers from academia, industry and government worldwide, and a recognized leader in promoting the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research and technology to improve the quality of life. MRS members are students and professionals hailing from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and engineering—the full spectrum of materials research. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania (USA), MRS membership now spans over 80 countries, with nearly 50 percent of members residing outside the United States.

MRS serves and engages members across generations to advance their careers and promote materials research and innovation. The Society produces high-quality meetings and publications, assuring that members of all career stages can present and publish their most important and timely work to an international and interdisciplinary audience. MRS continues to expand its professional development portfolio, as well as promote diversity and inclusion in the scientific workforce, with career services for researchers worldwide. The Society advocates for the importance of scientific research and innovation to policymakers and the community. And the MRS Awards program honors those whose work has already had a major impact in the field, as well as those whose work shows great promise for future leadership.

For more information about the Materials Research Society visit mrs.org and follow @Materials_MRS.