- MEPS stands for Materials Engineering Professional Society; it is an organization for both undergraduates and graduates. MEPS gives students a unique experience that many other departments do not offer. Some of these experiences include:
- Tours and exposure to laboratories and materials industries around the area such as Oak Ridge National Lab, Corning, NASA, and more;
- A chance to participate in conferences throughout the year such as MS&T, AFS Metal Casting Congress, and the Annual TMS meeting;
- Notification about important dates and opportunities related to MSE (Scholarships!);
- MSE tailgates and other social events such as gaming nights;
- Participation in Engineers-Week and several STEM outreach activities;
- and many more opportunities to meet fellow classmates, professors, and alumni.
What We are Expecting From You
We host General Body Meetings (GBM) several times a semester. The meetings are typically an hour long (with food!) and will cover a variety of topics. We expect that you attend as many meetings and events as possible because the more people we have, the stronger we are as a department. The more events you participate in, the better your chances are at being asked to attend the conferences, such as MS&T or TMS.
Also, we urge everyone to join Material Advantage (MA), but it is not required to participate in MEPS events. MA membership provides you with several benefits throughout the year (such as scholarship opportunities) and and gives MEPS at VT a better chance of being selected for a Chapter of Excellence award. Throughout the year, you will receive top materials magazines with the newest technology and publications. As a member of Material Advantage, you are also given the chance to publish your own work in these magazines and even speak at conferences. With a Material Advantage membership, you in turn become a member of four top materials societies; including:
- The American Ceramics Society (ACerS)
- Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST)
- ASM International
- The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society (TMS)
If you have any questions about getting involved, don't hesitate to reach out to any of our officers on the "Meet the Officers" page!