Materials Science and Engineering Societies

The Materials Engineering Society (MatES)

The Materials Engineering Society (MatES) is an undergraduate student society devoted to the advancement of materials science. MatES is the University of Maryland's Materials Advantage Student Chapter of The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS). It is also recognized by other professional societies including ASM International and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). See Professional Societies, below, to learn more about these organizations.

Membership in MatES is free, and includes the benefits of lounge use and the society's social, service, technical, and career development activities.

For more information, visit the MatES web site.

Alpha Sigma Mu

Alpha Sigma Mu is the International Professional Honor Society for Materials Science and Engineering.  Students with outstanding scholarship are nominated for membership and are eligible to be nominated for scholarships. If you have any questions, contact Professor and Interim Chair, Dr. Ray Phaneuf.

Professional Societies

The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)
An international professional organization, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) serves students, professionals, and academics throughout the entire fields of materials science and engineering. Divisions of the organization cover electronic, magnetic, and photonic materials; extraction and processing; light metals; processing and manufacturing; and structural materials. In addition offering publications, forums, and events, TMS promotes technology transfer, accreditation of educational programs, professionalism and ethical conduct.

If you have any questions about TMS, contact Professor S. Ankem at

Materials Research Society (MRS)
Founded in 1973, the MRS boasts a large, globe- and discipline-spanning membership. The MRS facilitates information exchange and support for those in a variety of scientific fields that produce, study, or are affected by materials. The society holds two major annual meetings, publishes the MRS Bulletin and Journal of Materials Research, offers tutorials at symposia, and encourages technical interaction among academic and industry professionals.

American Chemistry Council: Plastics
The Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents  manufacturers of plastics, and promotes how plastics benefit society at large. The Plastics Division focuses on plastic's role in areas such as sustainability, recycling, energy, safety, food service, chemical safety, regulation, BPA, nanotechnology, electronics, public health, manufacturing, and building.

The Aluminum Association
The Aluminum Association, based in Arlington, Va., promotes aluminum as the most sustainable and recyclable material for industries including packaging, construction, and transportation. It represents suppliers, manufacturers, and recyclers in the United States and abroad, and assists the aluminum industry in meeting is economic, social and environmental goals.

American Ceramic Society (ACerS)
Despite its name, the ACerS is an international society with members from over 70 countries. The sociey's mission is “to advance the study, understanding, and use of ceramics and related materials, for the benefit of our members and society.“ ACerS publishes books and journals, and hosts conferences, technical meetings, classes, and forums that help connect ceramics specialists, foster the exchange of information, and advance the field.

ASM International: The Materials Information Society
ASM is dedicated to advancing the applications of metals and materials. Their web site headlines the top materials stories in industry.

Honors and Awards

Each of the large number of professional materials-oriented societies sponsor awards to recognize outstanding scholarship and undergraduate research. All students enrolled in the materials engineering program are encouraged to select a faculty advisor who in their junior and senior years will guide them towards nomination for these awards.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering also has three awards which are presented annually in the spring to Materials students. These awards are:

  • The Department of Materials Science and Engineering Chairman’s Outstanding Senior Award
  • The Department of Materials Science and Engineering’s Outstanding Materials Student Service Award
  • The Department of Materials Science and Engineering Student Research Award