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Chandler A. Becker

Molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations of materials
NIST Interatomic Potentials Repository Project leader

Research interests include:

Molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations of materials, primarily metallic alloys. Repositories and evaluation methods for classical atomistic simulations and interatomic potentials: www.ctcms.nist.gov/potentials/

Awards and Honors:


  • NIST / Department of Commerce Bronze Medal (2011)
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate (2006-2008)
  • Best Paper Award, World Materials Research Institutes Forum Workshop for Young Scientists, Tsukuba, Japan (2008)

Northwestern University:

  • Best Student Poster Award, TMS Frontiers in Solidification Symposium (2005)
  • Walter P. Murphy Fellowship (2001-2002)

The College of William and Mary:

  • James Monroe Scholar (1995-1999)
  • Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Scholarship (1998-1999)
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Materials Research Engineer
Metallurgy Division
Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Employment History:

2006 - Present: Materials Research Engineer, Metallurgy Division, NIST. Project leader: NIST Interatomic Potentials Repository

Summers 2003, 2004: Intern, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque NM

1999-2001: Analyst, High Performance Technologies, Inc., Reston VA


2006: Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University

1999: B.S. with Departmental Honors in Physics, The College of William and Mary


Phone: 301-975-5344
Email: chandler.becker@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-4553