Published on Wednesday July 25, 2007
MSE alumna Elizabeth Hoffman (B.S. 2002; Ph.D. 2006) has recently been accepted as a member of the ASM International 2007-2008 Class of Emerging Professionals. ASM International and the Emerging Professionals Program work together to design activities for the program that involve members who are transitioning from student to professional membership, exhibit an interest in the Society, and have a strong desire to continue to grow professionally.
The members of the Emerging Professionals Program (EPP) serve a three-year term. During that time, they are required to attend the EPP-sponsored event at MS&T (Materials Science and Technology to take place in Detroit, MI, this fall) held in conjunction with the ASM Annual meeting, as well as one teleconference per month. All requisite activities are designed to help familiarize EPP members with ASM committees.
“During my three year term, I hope to gain an in-depth understanding of the inner-workings of ASM International,” Elizabeth says. “I am especially excited about meeting fellow EPP members and organizing the EPP events at the MS&T conference.”
In addition to being a new member of EPP, Elizabeth currently works as a senior research engineer at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) in Aiken, SC. She is involved in projects, including radiation and thermal degradation of polymers and composites, corrosion studies on waste tank carbon steel, novel polymer synthesis and characterization, and glass formulation for actinide storage.
“Engaging in a broad range of projects at Drexel ranging from my thesis work on carbide derived carbon to metallic whisker formation, abnormal grain growth during my senior design project, as well as my three co-ops was good preparation for becoming involved in multiple projects with people of different backgrounds at SRNL,” Elizabeth says.
She adds that her involvement as a student representative in the Philadelphia Chapter of ASM has prepared her for the activities in which she is now engaged.
“In the near future, I plan to become more involved with ASM International—particularly with the programs related to informing students about materials science and engineering as a career path,” Elizabeth says.