About Us, Materials United at Michigan Technological University

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About Materials United

“Materials United is the combined student chapters of the two largest MSE student societies: Material Advantage and the American Foundry Society. Our mission is to expose students to all aspects of materials science and engineering though outreach, industry tours, conference trips, and networking events.”

Material Advantage

Materials United (MU) is a student-led organization representing both the Material Advantage and American Foundry Society (AFS) student chapters at Michigan Tech. Material Advantage is the student professional society representing of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), ASM International (ASM), and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).


Materials United students volunteer their time every fall to host the MSE departmental open house for first year engineering students. At the open house, first year engineering students are exposed to materials science and engineering through various fun and engaging demonstrations including metal casting, cold powder processing, and liquid nitrogen ice cream.

In the spring, MU participates in local science fairs engaing with younger student (middle school and high school students) showing similar demonstrations and activities.  These events are designed increase student interest in material science, engineering,  and Michigan Tech. 

Trips & Conferences

Every year, about ten members of Materials United attend the Material Science and Technology conference (MS&T). At the conference, members attend technical sessions, lectures, and events targeted towards students such as speaking contests and mixers.

Materials United members also have the opportunity to attend plant tours throughout the year. These trips are an integral part of Materials United as they provide students with the opportunity to explore the role of MSE professionals in industry and explore possible career options.

Additional Benefits

Membership to Materials United also provides students with:


Materials United joins the previously three independent chapters of Iron and Steel Society (ISS), American Society for Metals/The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (ASM/TMS), and American Foundry Society (AFS) at Michigan Tech. The unification of these societies establishes a common framework to better represent the materials science and engineering students at Michigan Tech through the combined efforts of student leadership and faculty support.