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Mathematical Research in Materials Science: Opportunities and Perspectives
A program should be established that offers sabbatical leaves for mathematical scientists to visit industry and government materials science laboratories, and for mathematical scientists from materials science industries or national laboratories to visit universities.
A postdoctoral program should be offered to enable young mathematical scientists to work jointly with a materials science industrial company and a university for two years.
Both of these programs should be funded jointly through university, industry, and government sources; federal and state governments should initiate the programs.
Cognizant of the important role of materials, professional societies in mathematical, engineering, and physical sciences disciplines have given increasing emphasis to materials science and processing at their meetings. These efforts should continue and should be expanded.
Professional societies should cooperate in sponsoring and developing programs in materials-related areas; for example, topical meetings and workshops could be jointly sponsored, or a joint national meeting could be organized.
Professional societies should encourage the publication of special issues of professional journals and of volumes that focus on advances made possible by collaborative work in the mathematical sciences and materials science. They should strive to ensure that more professional rewards and recognition accrue to contributors to such work.