THERMEC 2011 is an international conference devoted to the processing and manufacturing of advanced materials. The emphasis of this meeting is on processing, fabrication, properties, and applications of advanced materials. This is the 7th conference in the series of THERMEC international conferences, the six previous ones having been held in Japan, Australia, USA, Spain, Canada and Germany. Financial support from NSF is being requested to support 30 graduate students from European countries, Japan and Korea, as well as the USA and Canada. The meeting is co-sponsored by 14 professional societies in North America, Brazil, Asia and India. NSF has supported this Conference in the past on 4 of the 6 previous occasions. It is expected that graduate students in materials science in different academic institutions will be exposed to the latest developments in the topical areas covered in the meeting, where leading experts with different specializations will be presenting invited lectures. The students will have opportunities to interact with their peers as well as with renowned scholars during the conference. Every effort will be made to encourage the participation of women and underrepresented groups.

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THERMEC'2011: An international Conference on Processing & Manufacturing of Advanced Materials, was held in Quebec City, Canada from August 1-5, 2011. The Conference covered all aspects of processing, fabrication, structure/property relationships and applications of both ferrous and non-ferrous materials including biomaterials, aerospace and other advanced materials. Oral and poster presentations dealing with the various conference topics were included in the conference program. In addition to the contributed papers, the conference Executive committee included invited papers by promising researchers in key areas of materials science and materials processing/manufacturing. Eminent experts from various countries also delivered Plenary/Keynote lectures at THERMEC’2011 This international conference, in the area of Materials Science & Engineering, covered 27 topics, ranging from nanomaterials to steel production. It also included 56 keynote lectures from eminent material scientists from across the world. Over 800 presentations were made at the conference that was attended by over 1200 delegates from over 50 countries. Thermec Series of Conference has become the leading technical meeting for state of the art knowledge dissemination in materials science. Thermec Conferences are held every three years in different parts of the world (next conference: December 2013 in Las Vegas, US). The conference particularly encourages student participation through funding support. The National Science Foundation's grant for the 2011 Conference made the participation of 30 students from different countries possible. These students were screened and were required to be presenting authors of a technical paper. NSF's support is thankfully acknowledged. The knowledge, communication skills and interactions developed by students allowed for a life-long learning experience.

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Colorado School of Mines
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