Alpha Sigma Mu International Professional Honor Society is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the materials engineering field. Members consist of students, alumni, and other professionals who have demonstrated exceptional academic and professional accomplishments. Student members are selected on the basis of scholastic standing, character and leadership. Through Chapter involvement, students develop lifelong skills that prepare them for leadership positions in industry and academia. Members are much better prepared for the post-college world and are valuable and attractive to employers.
Members are encouraged to continue their involvement through their university chapters by volunteering for Alpha Sigma Mu committees and activities and providing feedback to student members from their work experience. The Alpha Sigma Mu Career Center portal is available lifelong to help students and graduates find challenging job opportunities.
Alpha Sigma Mu is dedicated to continue to improve its services and strives for excellence to meet the changing needs of its members and chapters.
Alpha Sigma Mu was established in 1932 by the faculty of the Metallurgical Department of the Michigan College of Mining and Technology.
In 1956, the national officers of Alpha Sigma Mu approached the American Society for Metals to assume the business management of the society. In 1957, ASM assumed the business management of the society and the organization prospered.
In 1965, Alpha Sigma Mu became a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.
In May of 1978, Alpha Sigma Mu had grown to 33 chapters with 200 new members added yearly.
For the past 20 years, Alpha Sigma Mu was run by Professor Richard Connell of the University of Florida. Richard singlehandedly handled the affairs of the society but he passed away in 2007. Richard withdrew Alpha Sigma Mu from the ASM administration sometime in the 1990s. Alpha Sigma Mu is now under an energetic and committed board and officers
who are committed to reinvigorate the society and provide its membership with value added benefits. The Society will honor students majoring in materials science, metallurgical and materials engineering, glass and ceramic engineering, and polymer and composites engineering.
• Academic Accomplishment-Ensure that your exceptional academic accomplishment and strong
character is publicly recognized by the entire materials engineering industry.
• Networking Opportunities-Gain numerous networking opportunities by joining an organization that has members in leading roles with corporations, government and universities.
• Access to Key Positions-Possess greater access to key positions and rapid career advancement as all of these organizations actively seek Alpha Sigma Mu members.
• Long-term Relationships-Build a network of long-term relationships that will aid your career with Alpha Sigma Mu students who will become your friends and professional colleagues.
• Receive Advice-Know most of your department’s faculty members on a personal level and interact with them on Alpha Sigma Mu activities as well as receive advice on your future.
• Resume Enhancer-Use your Alpha Sigma Mu membership as a resume enhancer when seeking a position in industry or applying for graduate school. Employers prefer to hire Alpha Sigma Mu members with their leadership, interpersonal and teamwork skills.
• Chapter Opportunities-Receive opportunities to help the Chapter plan activities and take an active
role in serving as a Chapter officer or on committees.
• Leadership Skills-Develop leadership skills to prepare for high track professional careers.