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Society Committees

As the eyes and ears of the ASM Board, society committees and councils are invaluable for improving service to ASM members and customers. Explore all of the opportunities that are available through the ASM committee infrastructure

Objectives and Responsibilities

ASM International committees and councils capture key directional shifts in member needs and translate those needs into action items for potential development. Committee input and recommendations enable the ASM Board of Trustees to establish effective policies, set meaningful budgets and oversee society operations. The following list provides the purpose of each committee, as well as the name of the staff liaison to contact for further details.

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A.    The AeroMat Organizing Committee shall support the ASM Strategic Plan and be accountable and responsible for those strategic actions which fall within the purview of the committee. It shall also be the responsibility of the committee to contribute new program and service ideas that support the ASM Strategic Plan. The intent of AeroMat is to provide the aerospace community with a venue where timely technical information is shared and a
collaborative environment is created for the exchange of information on all aerospace materials and processes.

B.    The Alloy Phase Diagram Committee oversees and guides ASM's involvement in alloy phase diagram data activities.  It is responsible for monitoring the scopes of ASM and International Programs and ASM's input into those scopes, for monitoring the technical standards of ASM's products from these programs, for liaison with other alloy phase diagram committees, such as the International Commission on Alloy Phase Diagram Data.  The Committee establishes policy related to the editorial content and scope of the Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion, recommends approaches to serve and expand the subscriber and author base, and maintains continual surveillance of the technical quality of the publication.  The Alloy Phase Diagram Committee shall support the ASM Strategic Plan and be accountable and responsible for those strategic actions which fall within the purview of the committee.  It shall also be the responsibility of the committee to contribute new program and service ideas that support the Strategic Plan.


C.    The purpose of the AM&P Editorial Committee is to advise the editors in selecting article topics of greatest interest to ASM members, and to suggest authors and sources of information for the magazine.  The AM&P Editorial Committee shall support the ASM Strategic Plan and be accountable and responsible for those strategic actions which fall within the purview of the committee.  It shall also be the responsibility of the committee to contribute new program and service ideas that support the Strategic Plan.


D.    The Awards Policy Committee shall recommend to the Board the awards policy of the Society, and shall be responsible for the awards activity of the Society.  It shall recommend to the Board suitably chosen and properly qualified nominees for the various awards and honors of the Society. The Awards Policy Committee shall support the ASM Strategic Plan and be accountable and responsible for those strategic actions which fall within the purview of the committee.  It shall also be the responsibility of the committee to contribute new program and service ideas that support the Strategic Plan
    

E.    The Canada Council is to serve the particular interests of the Canada Chapters, without conflict with the interests of the Society as a whole, through the provisions of effective means of inter-communications, organization of Canadian regional meetings, and by assistance with the technical programming plans of the Canada Chapters.  The Canada Council shall support the ASM Strategic Plan and be accountable and responsible for those strategic actions which fall within the purview of the council.  It shall also be the responsibility of the committee to contribute new program and service ideas that support the Strategic Plan.
    
    
F.    The Chapter Council is responsible for chapter policy and governance issues.  The Council shall review the quality level of chapters, act as primary liaison between the chapters and Materials Park and review funding proposals related to these activities.  The Chapter Council shall support the ASM Strategic Plan and be accountable and responsible for those strategic actions which fall within the purview of the committee. It shall also be the responsibility of the committee to contribute new program and service ideas that support the Strategic Plan.

G.    The purpose of the Content Committee is The purpose of the Content Committee is proactively generate more Materials Information through content acquisition and development activities aligned with the Strategic Plan across all ASM & Affiliate Committees.  This includes all types of published information and related existing Committees.  The Content Committee shall support the ASM Strategic Plan and be accountable and responsible for those strategic actions and objectives that are related to ASM's content development activities


H.    The purpose of the Education Committee and its Subcommittees is to provide guidance, technical expertise, and feedback to the ASM Education Staff to help enable a true "Lifelong Learning" capability as identified in the ASM Strategic Growth Plan. By contributing to the development of quality educational products, services, and opportunities, the ASM Education Committee will help professionals access the learning and professional development to remain technically current, advance their careers, and contribute to growth in the areas of materials science and technology.  

    
I.    The Emerging Professionals Committee exists to provide an opportunity for early-career demographic to be involved with the inner workings of ASM International.  The committee provides a defined path for ASM to seamlessly transition from one generation of volunteers to the next.  Members of the Committee interact with ASM at the national level by organizing demographic-targeted events in conjunction with the ASM Annual Meeting held at MS&T and guide the direction of ASM by serving as liaisons to various national committees to offer perspective from the early career professional.  The Committee focuses the efforts of ASM International to cultivate early career professional members by establishing a community within the Society to serve the needs specific to this demographic.  Members work in concert with other national committees and Chapter council to develop new ASM products and services focused on early career professional membership conversion and retention.

 
J.    The Emerging Technologies Awareness Committee will be accountable to support the Emerging Technologies Critical Issue of the ASM Strategic Plan.  The Emerging Technologies Awareness Committee will advise and alert the Board of Trustees, New Products and Services Committee, Technical Programming Committee, and ASM membership of emerging technologies, as well as global trends and developments in materials, commerce, government, societal perceptions, and education that may have significant impact on the ASM membership or society operations.  The Emerging Technologies Awareness Committee will generate annual programming for MS&T in areas of emerging technologies.  It will regularly provide surveys identifying new technologies, as well as recommend new products and services for ASM, to the New Products and Services Committee.
    
    
K.    The Finance Committee shall supervise the financial affairs of the Society under the direction of and with the approval of the Board.  It shall review the financial plan of the Society and recommend it to the Board for Action; review the annual report of the Treasurer; supervise accounting procedures of the Society; and select an independent certified public accountant to audit the financial accounts.  The Treasurer shall be Chairman of the committee.  The Finance Committee shall support the ASM Strategic Plan and be accountable and responsible for those strategic actions which fall within the purview of the committee.  It shall also be the responsibility of the committee to contribute new program and service ideas that support the Strategic Plan.

L.    The ASM Handbook Committee represents the interests of the ASM Membership and other handbook users with regard to the several series of Handbooks published by ASM International.  The Committee ensures that ASM Handbooks are current, accurate, complete, and easy to use.  The Committee provides technical as well as administrative recommendations to the Editorial Staff regarding appropriate topics for Handbooks, the need for revision of current volumes, and the needs and interests of the diverse materials community.  The Committee also provides broad policy guidance pertaining to the planning, organizing, editing, publication, and marketing of ASM Handbooks.   The Handbook Committee shall support the ASM Strategic Plan and be accountable and responsible for those strategic actions which fall within the purview of the committee.  It shall also be the responsibility of the committee to contribute new program and service ideas that support the Strategic Plan.
    
    
M.    To foster an Indian identity within ASM and to serve the particular interests of the Indian members of ASM without conflict with the international position of ASM.   The India Council shall support the ASM Strategic Plan and be accountable and responsible for those strategic actions which fall within the purview of the council.  It shall also be the responsibility of the committee to contribute new program and service ideas that support the Strategic Plan.


 
N.    The International Materials Reviews is published jointly by ASM International┬« and the Institute of Materials, London.  It contains concise, critical reviews by internationally accepted experts, of the recent literature concerning aspects of materials science and engineering.  The purpose of the Committee is to suggest suitable review topics and authors, commission those approved by the Committee, provide technical review of submitted manuscripts, and approve final manuscripts for publication.  The International Materials Review Committee shall support the ASM Strategic Plan and be accountable and responsible for those strategic actions which fall within the purview of the committee.  It shall also be the responsibility of the committee to contribute new program and service ideas that support the Strategic Plan.


O.    The Investment Committee shall supervise the investment portfolio and the real estate holdings for the Society. It shall make recommendations to the Board with respect to investment policy and acquisitions, dispositions, utilization and development of real property.  It shall carry out the investment objectives fixed by the Society and optimize real property of the Society as an investment.   It shall submit reports of its activities to both the Finance Committee and the Board. The Investment Committee shall support the ASM Strategic Plan and be accountable and responsible for those strategic actions which fall within the purview of the committee.  It shall also be the responsibility of the committee to contribute new program and service ideas that support the Strategic Plan.


P.    The Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance Editorial Committee shall identify trends in the application of the principles of materials science to designing engineered systems and testing of materials performance.  The committee shall also maintain continual surveillance of the publication for technical quality, current relevance, and fulfillment of stated scope.  It shall also recommend changes to better meet subscriber needs.  The Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance Committee shall support the ASM Strategic Plan and be accountable and responsible for those strategic actions which fall within the purview of the committee.  It shall also be the responsibility of the committee to contribute new program and service ideas that support the Strategic Plan.  


Q.    The ASM Materials Properties Database Committee 1.) Assesses the need for materials property information such as alloy designations, compositions, physical and mechanical property information; 2.) Oversees the development of data publications; 3.) Fosters the development of an integrated system for storage and retrieval of material property data for media independent delivery; and 4) Encourages and assists in the distribution of material property information to the engineering community.  The Materials Properties Database Committee shall work in collaboration with the Web, and New Products & Services Committees, and with other appropriate committees to support the ASM Strategic Plan, and be accountable and responsible for those strategic actions which fall within the purview of the committee.

R.    The Membership Committee provides strategic guidance to the marketing of memberships in the Society. It is the volunteer owner of the Membership Roadmap and oversees resultant ASM staff activity.


S.    The Joint Commission makes policy decisions with respect to the editorial content of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, referring recommendations to the
Boards of the respective Societies as may be appropriate.  It determines methods for selection of articles for publication in Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, maintains continual surveillance of the editorial and technical quality of the publication, as well as a high level of currentness.  


T.    The purpose of the ASM MS&T Programming Committee is to bring together the generators and users of information to meet the needs of ASM members and the materials community by providing technical resources for programming, primarily at MS&T.  The Programming Committee shall support the ASM Strategic Plan and be accountable and responsible for those strategic actions which fall within the purview of the committee.  It shall also be the responsibility of the committee to contribute new programming ideas that support the Strategic Plan.  The primary task of the ASM Programming Committee is to provide programming guidance to the Materials Science and Technology Conference (MS&T) Programming Coordinating Committee.  The MS&T Programming Coordinating Committee determines, with input from ASM, ACERS, TMS and AIST, the topics of scheduled symposia, number of sessions associated with each symposium, the keynote addresses and overall technical content of MS&T.


U.    The Technical Books Committee shall foster the development of excellence in ASM books by identifying worthwhile technical areas, suggesting subjects and authors, and recommending improvements in the published works.  The Technical Books Committee shall support the ASM Strategic Plan and be accountable and responsible for those strategic actions which fall within the purview of the committee.  It shall also be the responsibility of the committee to contribute new program and service ideas that support the Strategic Plan.   

 

V.    The Volunteerism Committee will identify the needs of volunteers and from those needs create programs and processes that will promote volunteerism in the Affiliate Societies, Chapters, National Councils and Committees and in ASM overall. The Committee will evaluate and improve existing processes as well as coordinate the development of new systems and tools to further enhance volunteerism. The Volunteerism Committee shall support the ASM Strategic Plan and be accountable and responsible for those strategic actions which fall within the purview of the committee. It shall also be the responsibility of the committee to contribute new program and service ideas that support the Strategic Plan.


W.    The purpose of the Women in Materials Committee is to focus initially on providing women-specific programming, networking opportunities, mentoring, and career development opportunities.