Blake Whitley, a Colorado School of Mines Ph.D. candidate in metallurgic engineering, is hoping to be the voice for his fellow students as a member of the Heat Treating Society Board of Directors.
Heat Treating Society is one of the largest groups in ASM International.
Whitley will serve as a nonvoting member on the board for a year beginning in September.
“The main thrust is, let’s get a voice here that can really speak to the needs of students and young professionals,” Whitley said. “How do they like to be communicated with? What types of resources, activities and events would they be interested in?”
As a student board member of ASM International, Whitley served in a similar role during his first year at Mines. That gave him an impression of the organization.
“I’m fairly outgoing, so I enjoy the networking aspect,” Whitley said. “They’re all scientists, they run companies, lead groups at national labs — I found it really beneficial. It’s well worth it. If it takes me four and a half to five years to graduate, a commitment of two days every six months isn’t going to make a big difference.”