About SMST

About SMST

Drs. Tom Duerig, Alan Pelton, and Darel Hodgson founded SMST in 1992. At the time of conception, they were attending the International Conference on Martensitic Transformations (ICOMAT), a conference that focuses on fundamental Materials Science and Engineering advancements for many advanced materials, including shape memory materials. They recognized an industry-driven desire for a conference that more specifically addressed engineering aspects and applications of shape memory alloys. Thus, the three spearheaded the effort to start SMST, and the first conference was held in March 1994 at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, CA, USA. After several U.S. conferences, SMST went international in 1999. A complete history of our conferences is found below.

In 2004, SMST became an Affiliate Society of ASM International, the worldwide society for materials information. The vision was for SMST to utilize ASM's administrative resources "so that our volunteers are able to spend more of their time promoting shape memory technology" said SMST founding president Tom Duerig. Over a decade in, the joint SMST-ASM association has produced many successful conferences, the launch of a new journal Shape Memory and Superelasticity, and the creation of SMST Graduate Fellowships. We are excited for the continued growth and collaboration as existing industries continue to expand and new technologies are born of shape memory and superelastic materials.

Our Conferences

Year

Location

1994

Pacific Grove, CA, USA

1997

Pacific Grove, CA, USA

1999

Antwerp, Belgium

2000

Pacific Grove, CA, USA

2001

Kuming, China (joint SMST-SMM)

2003

Pacific Grove, CA, USA

2004

Baden-Baden, Germany

2006

Pacific Grove, CA, USA

2007

Tsukuba, Japan

2008

Stressa, Italy

2010

Pacific Grove, CA, USA

2011

Hong Kong, China

2013

Prague, Czech Republic

2014

Pacific Grove, CA, USA

2015

Oxfordshire, UK

2017

San Diego, CA, USA

2018 Galway, Ireland (regional)
2019 Konstanz, Germany

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