I am a materials engineer whose diverse interests have kept me enthusiastic about science for 20+ years. From smart systems to nanotechnology, I am fascinated by how the right material can make virtually anything possible. I've been fortunate to have built space experiments to qualify new materials, helped grow a high-tech startup, and, for the last decade, managed and promoted research in applied materials and chemistry at NIST. My goal as a manager is to help our scientists pursue their passions and achieve great impact for the nation.
Current Areas of Interest
Nearly 1 billion people around the world lack reliable access to clean water. Ensuring an adequate supply of clean water is essential for human health, agriculture, energy production, and manufacturing. NIST is enabling better measures of water quality, cost-effective approaches to treat contaminated water, and reliable infrastructure to deliver water for use.
Successful implementation of alternative fuels is vital to ending our reliance on foreign oil. NIST is providing critical data on fuel chemistry, enabling optimized engine design and reduction of carcinogenic particulate pollutants. NIST is also addressing compatibility issues that affect storage and transport of these fuels, including the effects of biocorrosion.
Data Management for Materials Science
The Materials Genome Initiative aims to cut the time for materials discovery in half through advances in computational science. These computational approaches depend on a wealth of materials data. NIST is developing data management solutions that can catalog and retrieve the large volume of data required, while also validating data quality.
Climate for Innovation
In a time of shrinking research budgets and demand for immediate payoff, research managers often struggle with building the right climate for true innovation. I am excited to learn about how to promote innovation through risk-taking, constructive debate, and support for new ideas.
Awards and Honors
Applied Chemicals and Materials
2012-Present: Chief, Applied Chemicals and Materials Division, MML, NIST
2005-2012: Chief, Materials Reliability Division, MML, NIST
2003-2005: Leader, Microstructure Sensing Group, Materials Reliability Division, NIST
1998-2002: Business Development Manager, Nanomaterials Research, LLC, Longmont, CO
1990-1998: Materials Research Engineer, NASA-Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
Ph.D., Ceramic Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC (1992)
B.S., with honors, Ceramic Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC (1988)