Recommendation 9: Professional materials societies should

  • Foster the development of ICME standards (including a taxonomy) and collaborative networks,

  • Support ICME-focused programming and publications, and

  • Provide continuing education in ICME.


The committee believes that the MSE discipline is at a critical crossroad and that computationally driven development and manufacturing of materials can be a core activity of materials professionals in the upcoming decades. For the field of materials to keep pace with other engineering disciplines, the development of an ICME infrastructure is essential. Coordination and targeted investment by stakeholders in the critical elements of ICME will allow the following vision to be realized in the next 10-20 years:

  • ICME will have become established as a critical element in maintaining the competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing base.

  • ICME practitioners—a broad spectrum of scientists, engineers, and manufacturers—will have open access to a curated ICME cyberinfrastructure, including libraries of databases, tools, and models, thereby enabling the rapid design and optimization of new materials, manufacturing processes, and products.

  • The materials scientist in academia performing traditional science-based inquiry will benefit from the assembled and networked data and tools. Discoveries will be easier and their transition to engineering products will be straightforward.

  • ICME will have reduced the materials development cycle from today’s 10-to 20-year time frame to 2 or 3 years.

  • Graduating materials science and engineering students will be employed and operate in a multidisciplinary and computationally rich engineering environment.

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