TMS: Spanning the Globe


  • Alexander R. Scott

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    1. TMS 420 Commonwealth Drive, Warrendale, PA 15086 (USA)
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    • Alex Scott has served the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society as its Executive Director since 1973. He earned his bachelor's degree at the Virginia Military Institute and his master's degree in Personnel and Counseling Psychology at Rutger's University. In 1970 he joined the staff of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) at its New York City headquarters. Beginning in the position of Meetings Manager, he moved on to serve as Assistant Executive Director of the Society of Mining Engineers (SME) and then Assistant Executive Director of The Metallurgical Society (TMS) prior to becoming Executive Director of TMS in the fall of 1973. During the 22 year's of Alex Scott's guidance, membership of TMS has grown from 5500 to 12 000xs and the staff now numbers 33 (10 in 1973).


The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) can trace its roots back to 1871, when a group of metallurgists and mining engineers in Pennsylvania organized themselves with the aim of sharing professional knowledge and experience with their peers. The Executive Director of TMS outlines the structure and work of TMS today—which includes publishing, organizing meetings, and the provision of a computer network service—and describes what it offers its 13 000 members throughout the world in all areas of materials science.