IIM Chennai Chapter was established in 1960s and functions from the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering of Indian Institute of Technology Madras and has a membership of more than 200. The main objective of the chapter is to disseminate knowledge in the field of metals, materials and metallurgy in this part of the country. This is achieved by arranging lectures by eminent metallurgists, conducting workshops, organizing seminars, courses, etc. The chapter has arranged a large number of lecture talks by eminent scientists, industrialists and experts from India and abroad. The Chennai Chapter has also conducted many workshops / courses / seminars by national and international experts. The chapter is also a Centre for conducting examinations leading to Associate Membership of IIM.
The Indian Institute of Metals, Chennai Chapter, in association with Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MME), IIT Madras has been organising biennial National Symposium of Research Scholars (NSRS) since 1996. The success of the four symposia culminated into first ever International Symposium of Research Students (ISRS) on Materials Science and Engineering (ISRS 2004). Though there are a number of symposia organized regularly worldwide, the research students do not get enough opportunity to share their work in these symposia. Hence, symposium ISRS is devoted solely to the research students (both MS and PhD students). Till date 7 ISRS symposia have been conducted, the last one being in 2016.
The IIM Chennai Chapter had helped in organizing the National Metallurgist Day and Annual Technical Meeting of IIM in Chennai on 1977 and 2005. It also helped in organization of the NMD celebrations held in Coimbatore in 2015. The IIM Chennai Chapter also organized International Conference and Expo on Magnesium (iMagCon-2016) in 2016 in association with Vellore Institute of Technology Chennai.
IIM Chennai Chapter has been conducting preliminaries of Prof. Brahm Prakash Memorial Materials Quiz every year for Class XI and XII students of various schools in Chennai. Two teams are selected and they represent IIM Chennai Chapter in the National Level Prof. Brahm Prakash Memorial Materials Quiz at Kalpakkam.
IIM Chennai Chapter along with IIM Kalpakkam Chapter organizes Placid Rodriguez Memorial Lecture every year on the 5th of October in the memory of Dr. Placid Rodriguez, former director of IGCAR Kalpakkam. The venue for the lecture alternates every year between Kalpakkam and IIT Madras. Till date, 10 distinguished personalities, namely Prof. Atul Chokshi, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (2009), Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna, National University of Singapore (2010), Dr. Srikanth, Director, NML, Jamshedpur (2011), Prof. B.S. Murty, IIT, Madras (2012), Prof. Indranil Manna, Director, IIT Kanpur (2013), Dr. Amol A. Gokhale, Director, DMRL Hyderabd (2014), Dr. G. K. Dey, Associate Director, Materials Group, BARC, Mumbai (2015), Dr. A.K. Bhaduri, Director, IGCAR, Kalpakkam (2016), Dr. U. Kamachi Mudali, Chairman & Chief Executive, HWB, Mumbai (2017), Dr. Samir V. Kamat, Distinguished Scientist & Director General, Naval Systems and Materials, DRDO (2018) have presented the PRML lecture.