The technical structure of AVS is organized as a matrix. Members can participate in one or more Divisions or Technical Groups, each of which is focused around a major topical area. Members may also participate in Chapters and Student Chapters, which are regional organizations that focus on local area needs.

AVS Western Pennsylvania Chapter

Advancing the Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing

The Western PA region has vibrant interest in vacuum technology, and the local AVS chapter is invested in helping high technology progress in our area. We sponsor dinner / poster sessions with prizes, high school student and teacher prizes, and short courses for professionals in the industry. Please contact us to get involved with other interested local members. Please also let us know if you would be interested in a short course on a vacuum-related topic.
Pittsburgh's immediate region houses two campuses (Pitt and CMU) with nanotechnology fabrication and analysis centers.
State College houses the Penn State main campus with a very strong material science and vacuum component, to the north of Pittsburgh. 
To the south of Pittsburgh are Washington & Jefferson College's school of Physics and the main campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, again with strong interests in the physics and engineering aspects of vacuum deposition, plasmas, and nano and micro devices. 
You can email us through the national AVS; or to the local W. PA chapter Chair Evan Sawyer, at