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Dr. David LaVan

Research Interests

  • Characterization of MEMS and nanomaterials
  • Nanocalorimetry
  • Biomimetic materials
  • Combinatorial methods
  • Biomaterials

Awards and Honors

  • Keck Futures Initiative on Synthetic Biology 2009
  • U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Frontiers of Engineering, 2006
  • Keck Futures Initiative on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2004
  • ‘Spot’ Recognition Award, Sandia National Laboratories, 1999
  • First Place, Society for Experimental Mechanics Student Paper Competition, 1997



Mechanical Engineer
Ceramics Division
Functional Properties Group

Employment History:

2008-present: Mechanical Engineer, NIST
2003-2008: Assistant Professor, Yale University
2000-2003: Research Associate / Research Fellow, HST Program, MIT & Harvard
1998-2000: Postdoctoral Fellow, Sandia National Laboratories
1994-1995: Failure Analysis Engineer, Lewis Engineering & Consulting


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 1998
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 1994
B.S., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Florida, 1991


Phone: 301-975-6121
Email: david.lavan@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-5334