Newswise — March 26, 2015—Warrendale, PA (USA)—The final report and toolkit from a 2014 summit focusing on advancing diversity and inclusion in the science and engineering workplace are now available for free online at www.tms.org/DiversityReport. The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) sponsored Diversity in the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Professions (DMMM1), held in July 2014 at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, D.C. TMS formally presented the final report to its membership at its 2015 Annual Meeting & Exhibition, held March 15–19 in Orlando, Florida, It will use the insights and recommendations contained in it to shape future initiatives supporting the development of a more diverse and inclusive professional community in the minerals, metals, and materials fields.
The DMMM1 Final Report: Thinking Globally explores five recurring themes of the summit—mentorship, work-life balance, community, awareness, and vigilance—while also documenting actionable strategies to address these issues in the workplace. The DMMM1 Toolkit: Acting Locally offers a convenient reference guide of available resources identified at the summit. Module topics include: resources for advancement and assessment; resources for skills building; and resources for connectivity and community.
Approximately 120 attendees participated in DMMM1, spanning all career stages and representing the three main sectors of the minerals, metals, and materials professions in the United States—government, academia, and industry. Elizabeth A. Holm, Summit Organizing Chair, TMS Past President, and Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, noted that “We started the conversation by defining the issues, but that is only one part of the equation. We have to keep watching, keep measuring, keep improving. This summit was a vibrant exchange of ideas on how to do those things.”
“The report and toolkit aid TMS in its mission of effecting organizational and societal change in diversity and inclusion in the minerals, metals, and materials professions,” said James J. Robinson, TMS Executive Director. “TMS is now sharing the information and experiences discussed in the report to encourage the broadest possible participation and action on diversity and inclusion in the workplace.”
TMS is the first professional society in the minerals, metals, and materials community to convene a summit of this kind, and has adopted “advance diversity and inclusion in the minerals, metals, and materials professions” as the lead goal in its current strategic plan.
The summit would not have been possible without the valuable contributions from professional societies, government agencies, and corporate partners. DMMM1 was co-sponsored by: American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME); Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences; National Academy of Engineering (NAE); Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME); and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Corporate partners for DMMM1 included: Battelle Memorial Institute; Newmont Mining Corporation; Caterpillar; Ford Motor Company; General Motors Company; and TimkenSteel Corporation.
ABOUT TMSThe Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) is a member-driven international professional society dedicated to fostering the exchange of learning and ideas across the entire range of materials science and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production, to basic research and the advanced applications of materials. Included among its 12,000 professional and student members are metallurgical and materials engineers, scientists, researchers, educators, and administrators from more than 70 countries on six continents. For more information on TMS, visit www.tms.org.