Materials Advantage (MA) is a combination of four professional bodies
- American Ceramic Society (ACerS)
- Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST)
- ASM International
- The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)
MA Chapter of IIT Madras started in November 2002 as Students Chapter of ASM International. It is being managed entirely by students with enthusiastic office bearers. It has been very active in arranging lectures by eminent personalities, organising industrial visits, conducting conferences, Materials Quiz and motivating the school students to take career in the field of materials science and engineering through outreach activities. Since July 2005, this ASM student’s chapter was converted to Materials Advantage Chapter in its present form.