MRS is the premier international, member-driven organization for education and advocacy of materials research in industry, academia, and national labs. Our community is broad in its membership, with disciplines spanning from physical to biological sciences, and seeks to have transformative global impact.
Materials have always been at the core of my research, educational, and industrial experiences, and I look forward to working with the membership to advance our collective and individual goals. I am often heard saying that the majority of the wealth and value created in the world in the 21st century will be the result of materials innovations at a scale the world has never seen. It is vital that MRS serve its members to advance and capitalize on opportunities in these changing times.
One particular opportunity I would like to highlight is the changing landscape of education and career opportunities for materials researchers. We must take steps to be proactive and I look forward to hearing your ideas. Inclusive excellence in research, science communication, education, and diversity are core values of mine that I look forward to sharing through my service for our membership.
I also have many years of experience communicating with venture capital and understanding the details of successful translation of materials research into impactful products and companies. I look forward to integrating these experiences into how I support and serve our members to help them achieve their career goals.
I would like to engage our global community in a discussion about alternating the Fall meeting between Boston and Atlanta. Atlanta is an established international hub of technology innovation with easy, low-cost access for travel, and there are significant Black Americans and other minority populations in the Southeast, as well as many Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Southeast that we can interact with to further enhance the diversity of our membership, which is critical for organizational sustainability.
Most importantly, I would like to serve our community, listen to what is needed, and respond with action to advocate for materials research. I ask for your support and vote.