Professor Robert Hyers of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS), which has about 11,000 members. He will take office at the TMS Annual Meeting in March of 2012. Hyers has been chosen as the Financial Planning Officer, which is "the keystone” for TMS financial leadership. "It is my duty to represent the membership in ensuring that TMS maintains its good financial health and continues to grow," he said about his election. "It is an honor to be trusted by my colleagues with this role in the society's leadership."
As Financial Planning Officer, he will also serve as chair of the Financial Planning Committee and Audit Committee and will be on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and the Retirement Committee that oversees the pension plans for staff. In addition, he will be on the board of the TMS Foundation, the charitable arm of the society.
Before joining the UMass faculty, Dr. Hyers was a staff scientist at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Microgravity Materials Science. Hyers earned both his Ph.D. in materials engineering and bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from MIT.
As a member of TMS, Hyers served as chair of the Process Technology and Modeling Committee from 2007 to 2009 and was chosen as Young Leader for the Extraction & Processing Division in 2005. He has also been involved in several TMS technical committees and was a lead symposium organizer at both the Materials Science & Technology 2005 conference and the TMS 2009 Annual Meeting and Exhibition.
Headquartered in the United States but international in both its membership and activities, the TMS is a professional organization that encompasses the entire range of materials and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production to basic research and the advanced applications of materials. (September 2011)