How to Start a SAMPE Professional Chapter
Click here for information on starting a Student Chapter.
Why Start a Chapter?
Local chapters are still one of the reasons many SAMPE members participate in SAMPE activities. SAMPE chapter meetings can talk about issues that are of interest to SAMPE members who live in that region.
SAMPE chapters meetings can help members with their advanced materials careers. They also serve as training grounds for leadership and organizational skills.
Chapters are started by people who are enthusiastic about material and process engineering. As they are local or regional, SAMPE chapters have the ability to customize their chapter’s programs to your meet their local needs or discuss local issues.
The minimum number of people to form a SAMPE Chapter is 20 active members. Four of these members must be willing to serve as:
- Chapter Chair
The Directors serve on the SAMPE Board of Directors.
How to Make Your Chapter Succeed
A new Chapter has the best chance of being successful if it recruits members from a variety of organizations including relevant industrial, government, and academia. When a chapter has active representatives from each of these, it will have the greatest chances of sustainment through the years.
- It is best if you keep SAMPE apprised of your desire and progress in forming a new Chapter – as the SAMPE professional staff can help immensely in this process.
- SAMPE chapters are successful if they meet regularly. Some chapters meet three times a year. Other chapters meet six or more times a year.
- Chapter meetings may include speaker/seminars, dinner meetings, plant tours, student night, vendor night, workshops, or even the CHAPTER Board meetings.
What Are the Next Steps?
The chapter needs to:
a.) Elect Officers
b.) Adopt a Set of By-Laws
c.) Sign the Petition for Chapter Status
Suggested Chapter By-Laws and other Chapter documents can be found at the bottom of this page.
Submit Documents for Approval
Once the above tasks are completed, send the petition to the SAMPE offices who will then forward it to the SAMPE Board of Directors for approval.