PITTSBURGH-Materials Science and Technology (MS&T) 2008 will take place in Pittsburgh, October 5 to 9, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The event will address eight themes pertaining to materials science and engineering:

- Electronic and magnetic materials
- Environmental and energy issues
- Fundamentals and characterization
- Iron and steel
- Materials and systems
- Nanotechnology
- Processing and product manufacturing
- Special topics

Cherry A. Murray, Ph.D, will deliver the keynote address, “The Role of Science and Engineering in U.S. Competitiveness.” Murray was part of a panel charged with recommending actions policy makers should take to enhance the science and technology enterprise so the United States could compete, prosper and be secure in the global community of the 21st century. The result of that work is the report “Rising Above the Gathering Storm.” In her keynote address, Murray will discuss the findings as well as the response to them that is shaping tomorrow’s science, engineering and technology policy.