MaterialsDC Student Night

Join us on Wednesday April 19, 2023, with Material Advantage students from across the U.S. for networking after Congressional Visit Days

Material Advantage, the student program for materials science and engineering, is participating in "STEM on the Hill" Congressional Visits Day, bringing students from across the country to Washington DC to raise visibility and support for science, engineering and technology.

The Washington DC Chapters of the American Ceramic Society and ASM have invited the students to share their experiences on Capitol Hill and to network with each other and our local members. We have reserved the Garden Room at Station 4, a private space with plenty of seating and space for socializing with DC materials professionals.

The meeting is across the street from the Waterfront Metro Station on the Green Line. It's around the corner from the DC Wharf, the newest and shiniest spot in DC for a stroll along the river, top dining and nightlife, and cool rooftop cocktails.

DATE: Wednesday, April 19, 2023

6:00 pm Social/Networking in the Garden Room at Station 4
6:30 pm Buffet dinner - a delicious spread of pulled pork, burgers, and crispy fish sliders, veggie and mushroom flatbreads, salads, and delectable desserts, plus all the soft drinks, iced tea, and coffee/tea. (There will also be drink tickets available!)
8:00 pm Adjourn

LOCATION: The Garden Room at the Station 4 Bistro

1101 4th St. SW, Washington, DC 20024

Mechanical Properties of Lithiated Silicon: A candidate electrode for lithium ion batteries

Dr. WIlliam D. Nix, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

A discussion on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, in partnership with the MSE and Mech E Departments at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Bill Nix

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Sunday Picnic Social (plus fun with materials!)

North Laurel Picnic Pavilion

Join us for socializing, great food, and materials experiments for kids!

Come enjoy some great weather and catching up in person with MaterialsDC. We'll be at the picnic pavilion at the North Laurel Community Center from noon to 3. This is a really nice facility, with tennis courts, basketball courts, a large playground, a skate park, and plenty of parking. Catering will be from Mission BBQ with lots of options for brisket lovers as well as vegetarians.

We're also planning to have some fun materials activities for the kids -- some learning, mostly fun -- so let us know if you're bringing them along!

DATE: Sunday, October 16, 2022
TIME: Noon to 3 pm
WHERE: 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD 20723
COST: $10/person (no charge for kids under 12)

Will it print? Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing of Bismuth-Telluride Thermoelectric

Dr. Ji Ma, University of Virginia

February 9, 2022

David Furrer

Emerging Methods for Materials Development and Integration into Product Design

Dr. David Furrer, Pratt & Whitney

January 5, 2022

ICME Gaps for Qualification of Additive Manufacturing of Metals

Dr. Anthony D. Rollett, Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Tony Rollett

Materials Research Grand Challenges, Evolving Capabilities, and the Push for Convergent Research

Dr. Linda Sapochak, National Science Foundation

A joint meeting with the ASM Brandywine Valley Chapter

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Advances in Personal Protection (PPE) Strategies and Technologies

Dr. Eric Van Gieson, DARPA

Thursday April 22, 2021

Evolution of Turbine Engine Materials (Lessons Learned & Future Needs)

Dr. Paul Bartolotta

Thursday April 8, 2021

Research Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing

Dr. Khershed Cooper, NSF

Tuesday March 30, 2021

The Importance and Characterization of Residual Stress in Engineering Materials

Dr. Jeff Bunn, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Tuesday December 08, 2020  

The Top 10 Ways Materials Science and Engineering has Changed

Dr. Toni Marechaux, FASM

Thursday November 12, 2020  

Advances in Materials Technologies for Nuclear Applications

Dr. Aladar Csontos, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Materials Genome Initiative and Artificial Intelligence

Dr. James A. Warren, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

High-Throughput Methodologies for Accelerated Design of Alloys

Dr. Ji-Cheng "JC" Zhao, Minta Martin Professor and Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland College Park

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Materials Development from Genome to Flight

Dr. Jason Sebastian, QuesTek Innovations

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

MaterialsDC Student Night

Join Material Advantage students from across the U.S. for networking and tours after Congressional Visits Day

Presentation by Dr. Erik Mueller, NTSB

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Blacksmithing 101 Demo

Nova Labs in Reston, VA
Saturday, March 2 at 6 pm (and dinner to follow at 8 pm)

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) - An Enabling Technology for Space Systems

Dr. Vivek Dwivedi, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Machine Learning for Materials Research: Autonomous Phase Mapping

Dr. Gilad Kusne, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Modeling Advances for Certification of Next Generation Materials

Dr. Ellen Cerreta, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

MaterialsDC Student Night

Join Material Advantage students from across the U.S. for networking and stargazing after Congressional Visit Days

Wednesday, April 18, 2017

Tour - Local Motors at National Harbor

Local Motors is an American vehicle manufacturing company focused on low volume manufacturing of open-source vehicle designs using multiple microfactories.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Practically Brand New at 50!
Electron-excited Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (EDS) for Accurate, Precise and Sensitive Elemental Microanalysis, and So Can You! (EDS Replaces WDS!)

Dr. Dale E. Newbury, NIST Fellow

MaterialsDC Student Night

Join Materials Advantage students from across the U.S. for Nats baseball and networking after Congressional Visit Days

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Holiday Social and "Speed Networking"

Joint meeting with MANMA, the Mid-Atlantic Micro/Nano Alliance

Join us for a holiday social event with a twist!

December 2016

Congratulations to our Morgan L. Williams Scholarship winner!

Ms. Valencia Danner, a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, was selected as the 2016 recipient of the ASM DC Chapter’s Morgan L. Williams Memorial Scholarship for Undergraduate Students.

July 2016

Materials Science vs. the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge

Stephen Christoffersen, AECOM International

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

MaterialsDC Student Night

Join Materials Advantage students from across the U.S. for a casual dinner and networking after Congressional Visit Days

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Art Heuer

Interstitial Hardening Taken to a New Level: Paraequilibrium Carburization of Austenitic Stainless Steels

Art Heuer, Case Western Reserve University

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Advancing Materials S&T via Distributed Collaborations

Jon Tirpak, SCRA, 2015-2016 President of ASM International

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"I Will" be a Materials Engineer at Under Armour

Matt Trexler, Under Armour

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Materials DC

Student Night

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Materials Genome® and Materials Design

Dr. Zi-Kui Liu, Pennsylvania State University

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Perspectives on Digital Direct Manufacturing

Dr. William Coblenz

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Light Metals Revolutionizing the Auto Sector

Dr. Ravi Ravindran

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Montgomery College Montgomery County, MD
July 14-18, 2014

Calling ASM Chapter members!

We are looking for a a few volunteers to be at the camp, lend their technical expertise in a very informal way, "Schmoozing" with some of the teachers who will be in attendance, discussing the experiments as they are carried out in small groups, and even in a few selected instances giving a brief talk at lunch about the topics of their life work.

Calling All Teachers! Attend a one-week professional development workshop this summer at no cost to you!

Questions? For additional information for teachers, contact Jeane Deatherage, Administrator of Foundation Programs at; 1-800-336-5152, X5533.

Cars, Metals, and the Materials Genome Initiative

Mr. William Joost, Department of Energy (DoE)

Feb. 11, 2014  

Solving Alloy Design and Processing Challenges: the Ongoing Revolution in Materials Engineering

Gernant E. Maurer   PhD, FASM 2012-2013 ASM International President

November 14, 2013

Accio Energy: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Driven Innovation in Wind Energy

Dr. Dawn R. White

Tues. October 15, 2013

Congratulations to our Morgan L. Williams Scholarship winners!

2013 Nicholas Jarboe

Nicholas Jarboe is a sophomore at The Catholic University of America pursuing a major in Biomedical Engineering. Nick is most interested in tissue engineering and medical device development using novel biomedical materials. Nick is actively engaged in community humanitarian efforts, which most recently included a trip to Guatemala to assist in providing much needed basic medical services by translating between medical mission doctors and patients. Nick is a member of The Society of Biomedical Engineers, Alpha Delta Gamma, and the Phi Beta Sigma Honor Society. Nick's future plans include pursuing a graduate degree in the medical device development field.

Congratulations to our Morgan L. Williams Scholarship winners!

2013 Nizar Zahed

Nizar Zahed is a sophomore at Virginia Tech pursuing a double major in Materials Science and Engineering and Mathematics. Nizar is most interested in metallurgy and studying the fundamental properties of materials. Nizar has an interest in forensic science and likes to study the role that materials can play in this field. Nizar has interned with Lockheed Martin where he developed a smartphone app and accompanying business development proposal. In addition to double-majoring, Nizar also enjoys studying classical literature, philosophy, and mythology. Nizar's future plans include using his Materials Science degree to work in the field of materials engineering and one day pursue a graduate degree in forensics.tant news.

Congressional Visit Days Student Night Event

Join Materials DC and Materials Advantage students from across the country for networking and a panel discussion

Wednesday, April 11, 2013

Design and Manufacturing Trends in Modern Aircraft

Dr. David Furrer, Pratt and Whitney Aircraft

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Materials Research for a Secure Energy Future

John S. Vetrano, Program Manager, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division, DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences

Thursday, February 21, 2013


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