April 7, 2015
Patrice Turchi, a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, was recently installed as the 2015 president of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) during the organization's annual meeting in March.
Turchi, who is group leader of the PLS Material Science Division's Advanced Metallurgical Science and Engineering group, has been an active member of TMS for more than 25 years. He has served on the TMS board of directors as chair of the Electronic, Magnetic & Photonic Materials Division (now the Functional Materials Division). He served as vice president of the society in 2014.
As president, Turchi said he has plans to advance TMS at the international level through increased cooperation with other North and South American materials societies, at the U.S. level by working to attract students to materials science and engineering, and at the society level by encouraging TMS committee and division leaders to think about the work that they do in terms of the society's five strategic goals: diversity and inclusion; increased industrial engagement; international outreach; energy and sustainability; and materials and manufacturing.
"TMS presidents represent the rank-and-file members who, like myself, started to give time as volunteers, and who recognized over the years that empowering TMS to meet the current and future needs of its membership also could help better advance our profession," Turchi said. "I am honored to be entrusted with the responsibility."