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 email it to Michele Feder
, manager of volunteer affairs. Complete forms may also be submitted by fax to 724-779-8313, attention Michele Feder.
If you have questions about particular committee activities, please contact the appropriate committee chair and/or HQ liaison. Contact information is available on each committee page.
The Academic Affairs Committee works to enhance the education of materials students; is the MRS liaison with ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology); encourages student interactions in MRS activities and governance, as well as in the broader materials community; and addresses student needs through the student chapters, special projects, international initiatives and supporting the needs of materials science and engineering programs. The committee serves in an advisory capacity to University Chapters and maintains a current record of University Chapter officers and advisors. Academic Affairs Committee also includes the Accreditation Subcommittee, Education Subcommittee, International Student Affairs Subcommittee and University Chapters and Special Projects Subcommittee.
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, Postdoctoral Awards, Turnbull Lectureship, Von Hippel Award.
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.
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.
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.
The Public Outreach Committee develops activities and programs on both national and local levels to educate the general public on materials research and its importance. Activities and programs may include, but are not be limited to, pre-university science education, press communications, and public service information. Subcommittees: Impact of Materials on Society, Strange Matter Green Earth, Education Symposium Planning and Focus on Sustainability.
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. Subcommittees include Editors, Publications Quality and New Publications Products.