Tuesday, February 19, 2013

New Website for the Materials United student society

The student professional society at Michigan Tech has created a new website, and has reached the point of launch!  The organization is called “Materials United,” and is an umbrella organization that encompasses both Material Advantage (an already-hybrid society that includes The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, ASM International, AIST, and the American Ceramic Society) and the American Foundry Society.  The stated mission (straight from the “About” page) is:

“Materials United is the combined student chapters of the two largest MSE student societies: Material Advantage and the American Foundry Society. Our mission is to expose students to all aspects of materials science and engineering though outreach, industry tours, conference trips, and networking events.”

I designed the organization’s logo late last year, and it was well-liked by the student members and faculty.  The interlocking rings are actually part of what we call the “Three Ring Circus,” which was a winning entry in a casting competition (I didn’t participate, but MTU won).

materials united capture

The new website (thumbnail at left) offers the organization some unique capabilities.  I  designed and built it to be really simple: no-frills, professional, and easy to maintain.  We have an awesome web committee that will take complete control of the website after the training is finished.  The hope is that a ~4-5 student panel can maintain the website for several years by adding events, updating certain pages, and fielding requests from the membership for improvements.

Give the site a visit, and let me know what you think!

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