In the fall of 1989 the National Research Council issued a major report on materials science and engineering, known more familiarly as the Chaudhari‐Flemings report (after Praveen Chaudhari and Merton Flemings) or simply the MS&E report. This was followed in 1990 by a series of regional meetings in four different parts of the US involving hundreds of participants from industry, academia and government. The results of those meetings were summarized in a 1991 proposal for a “National Agenda” in materials, addressed to the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In turn, this proposal has led to a Presidential initiative for fiscal year 1993 entitled Advanced Materials and Processing.

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