Reigning Best: Mines Material Advantage Chapter Named Top in the World
Mines Material Advantage Chapter was named the organizationâ€™s Most Outstanding Chapter for 2016-2017 and was recognized on Oct. 9, at Materials Science and Technology 2017, a technical meeting and exhibitionÂ in Philadelphia.
The chapter also received the award in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 and was named a Chapter of Excellence for 2015-2016. Chapters are judged by their programming, career development activities, service, social activities andÂ chapter management.
â€œI believe that, more than anything, cooperation and communication among the members of the executive committee is what helped to set us apart,â€ said Reid Winchester, the new chapter president. He cited studentsâ€™ success in the Materials Bowl and bladesmithing competitions organized byÂ The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) and the ceramic disc throw competition at MS&T.
The Material Advantage program provides undergraduate and graduate students in materials science and engineering programs with memberships to four organizations at a lower cost: The American Ceramic Society, Association for Iron & Steel Technology, ASM International and TMS. Winchester noted the interests of all four societies are well represented among the chapterâ€™s membership. â€œThis is reflected in the engagement of a lot of students in CSMMAC activities,â€ he said.
This semester, the chapter is putting together a YouTube committee to promote the different aspects of materials engineering, from micro- to macroscopic. The group also launched a chapter of Keramos, the professional fraternity for ceramic engineering. Keramos will manage the hot glass shop in Minesâ€™ Hill Hall foundry. â€œWe are also working on collaborating with more clubs on campus to expand our presence beyond the MME department,â€ Winchester said.
â€œItâ€™s a great honor to be recognized as the Most Outstanding Chapter,â€ Winchester continued. â€œThere are over 100 chapters worldwide, and weâ€™re proud to be the leader and represent Mines.â€