“It is a great honor to be president, especially in this memorial 50th anniversary year. Personally, I just had my 20-year anniversary as an MAS member,” said Watanabe.
MAS advances and disseminates knowledge concerning the principles, instrumentation and applications of microanalysis down to the atomic level. Leadership in the society is provided by both volunteer members and appointed officers. Since 1996, MAS has met with the Microscopy Society of America (MSA) for a common annual meeting, Microscopy & Microanalysis.
Watanabe continued, “MAS has a long heritage of significant contributions to various microscopy and microanalysis communities through very strong leadership. The original focus of the Society was mainly electron probe microanalysis. Nowadays, we analyze very different materials by very different approaches in various scale ranges from millimeter to atomic levels. Although we employ various approaches in microanalysis, the Society has been encouraging appropriate microanalysis toward quantification in order to gather meaningful information from all types of matter.”