MA is an organization that tries to encourage its members to grow in areas that are not focused on in the classroom. Personal growth is an important area in any field, but professional development is vital in the engineering discipline.
As a part of MA, members have the chance to listen to representatives from industry and academia speak about their lives, projects, and companies at each monthly meeting.
In addition to the monthly meetings, sessions are set up around the career fair in order to facilitate communication between students and companies who are interested in hiring materials engineers for full-time employment, internships, and co-ops.
The final item MA focuses on under professional development is conference attendance. Students are encouraged every year to attend three main events:
Each conference is a unique opportunity to travel and stay in a new city for three to four days, learning about exciting research and participating in poster and presentation contests. This is also a unique way to network with undergraduates and professors from different universities.