By Dr. Cameron Chai
Professional societies that represent the spectrum of engineering and science have joined hands to begin an online community committed to sharing information and news about the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness. President Barack Obama unveiled MGI in June 2011.
MGI related initiatives and challenges are addressed in the MGI Forum. These challenges and initiatives span across and within the societies and also to the wider manufacturing and materials community. One can access this new online Forum at www.mgiforum.org. The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) is operating the forum on behalf of the other organizations.
Besides TMS, other organizations involved in the introduction of The MGI Forum include ASM International; American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); The American Ceramic Society (ACerS); NACE International; the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE); and Research Society (MRS). New professional society participants can also be added to the Forum once they are confirmed.
Each participant of the professional societies defined on the Forum can provide updates on their activities related to MGI, including publications, news, educational programs, meetings and other announcements.
MGI is an effort that focuses on developing novelty infrastructure to stimulate discovery and deployment of materials. It will provide support to the development of software, computational tools and new techniques for material characterization as well as the establishment of databases and open standards that will enable the discovery process and development of sophisticated materials more predictable and faster.