We are the Eastern Virginia Chapter of ASM International. Our region runs from the North Carolina line in the south to Fredericksburg in the north, and Charlottesville in the west to the Altantic coast in the east (zip codes starting with 224, 225, and 230-238.)
There are two ASM National Historical Landmarks within our region. The first is the Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond, designated as such in 1976. It was also designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior in 1983. The facility was the second most prolific manufacturer of cannons during the US Civil War despite operation at one third capacity due to the Union sea and land blockades. It was also responsible for the fabrication of the armor for one of the first ironclad ships, the CSS Virginia.
The second Historical Landmark relates to another of the first ironclads, the USS Monitor. The Battle of Hampton Roads between the Monitor and the Virginia in March of 1862 signaled two of the most significant changes to the character of naval warfare - armor cladding and the development of the revolving gun turret. The commemorative plaque is in the Monitor Center at The Mariners' Museum in Newport News.
Our members are involved in:
Shipbuilding (nuclear aircraft carriers, submarines, military ships) at Huntington - Ingalls
Air and space craft at the Langley Research Center of NASA
Basic and applied research involving radiation electron accelerators and free electron lasers
at Jefferson Lab operated for the Department of Energy
High tech materials such as single crystal turbine blades produced by Howmet in Newport News
Recycling of aluminum and manufacturing at Aleris in the Richmond area
Outdoor equipment manufacture at Stihl in Virginia Beach
Much more . . .
As a result, our membership is rich with strong, diverse materials related talent. We host numerous plant tours and technical events to encourage dialogue, and we promote social settings to allow for networking.
Our membership is also involved in supporting material science and engineering education. In this regard we have provided numerous scholarships to students seeking material science and/or engineering related college degrees. Some of the scholarships continue until the student graduates so long as they remain in a materials related curriculum and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
When funding allows, we also sponsor ASM's Teachers Camps which provide instruction to high school and middle school teachers in ways they can incorporate materials science and technology into their lessons. The camps provide specific demonstrations for use in the classroom.
Please look through our website, examine our planned activities, and participate.