Dr. Stephanie Hooker is the Chief of the Materials Reliability Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, CO. She has been with NIST's Materials Reliability Division since 2002, leading research in the reliability of nanomaterials, structural materials, biomaterials, and biological materials. Prior to joining NIST, Dr. Hooker served as Business Development Manager for a small nanotechnology startup, introducing gas sensor products based on engineered nanoparticles. Dr. Hooker started her career at NASA-Langley Research Center as a Materials Research Engineer. In this position, she managed the successful demonstration of high-temperature superconductor electronics in space and characterized fatigue behavior in advanced actuators.
Most recently, Dr. Hooker has co-developed a novel measurement concept for screening the purity and consistency of carbon nanotubes. Her quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) approach offers a three-orders-of-magnitude improvement in sensitivity vs. conventional thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The figures below show how the method works and the resulting material decomposition on heating.
Awards and Honors
2005-present: 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)