ASM International (society)

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ASM International
ASM Logo.jpg
Type Professional Organization
Founded October 4, 1913 1
Founder(s) William Park Woodside
Key people President: C. Ravi Ravindran, Managing Director: Thomas S. Passek
Area served Worldwide
Focus(es) Metals, polymers, ceramics2
Method(s) Membership, Professional Development, Conferences, Publications, Local Chapters
Employees 50-100
Members 36,000+
Motto The Materials Information Society

ASM International, formerly known as the American Society for Metals, is a professional organization for materials scientists and engineers working with metals.

Their website defines the society as an engineering and scientific community, "led by its members, guided by the members needs and fueled by member participation," sharing information and ideas through local chapter meetings, international conferences and expositions, affiliate societies, education courses and various technical publications.

ASM provides several information resources, including the ASM Handbooks, a series of reference books that provide data on various types of metals. These handbooks are recognized as a standard reference in the field of materials science. Examples of topics covered by the ASM Handbooks are mechanical properties of metals, corrosion studies, and much more. Other publications include technical journals such as Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A and Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion. ASM also hosts numerous international conferences each year.

As the charitable arm of ASM, the ASM Materials Education Foundation also operates several "Materials Camps" in the summers for high school students and teachers. These camps are intended to educate the public about the materials field, and encourage young people to pursue careers in materials science and engineering.3

ASM has been in existence since 1913. In 1947, its 21,000 members made it the third largest scientific/technological society in the world. As of 2010, ASM claims 36,000 members worldwide.

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