- Ph.D., Physics, Cornell University, August 1992.
- B.S., Physics (Math minor), Colorado State University, May 1987 (With distinction).
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory:
2003-Present: Senior R&D staff
- Helped establish funded program in nanoporous carbon structures (co-PI).
- Helped establish funded program in bulk metallic glasses (co-PI).
- Co-PI on Alloy Behavior and Design project.
- Co-PI on Laboratory Directed Research and Development project, “Structure and structure evolution in amorphous materials” (2008-2010).
- Deputy Director, Department of Energy “Energy Frontier Research Center for Defect Physics.”
- Wrote successful equipment proposal for $740K to fund a large computational cluster (2012).
- Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Tennessee - Knoxville:
2005-Present: Associate Professor
- One of two theory hires, initiating theory effort in department.
- Developed new graduate level course, “Thermodynamics of Materials at Small Length Scales.”
- Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University:
- 2003, Scientist
- 1996-2002, Associate Scientist, Ames Laboratory
- 1999-2003, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Iowa State University.
- 1992-1996, Postdoctoral Associate, Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University.
- Led development of funded multidisciplinary program in liquid metals and alloys (PI).
- Helped establish funded program in ductile intermetallics (co-PI).
- Co-PI on Martensitic Phase Transformations project.
Awards, Honors, and Activities:
- University of Tennesee’s Materials Science & Engineering Award, “Faculty Excellence in Teaching,” 2012.
- AMS society J. Willard Gibbs Phase Equilibria Award Selection Committee, 2010-2013.
- TMS society John Bardeen Award Selection Committee, 2009-2012.
- Reviewer, DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship applications, 2010.
- TMS society Electronic, Magnetic & Photonic Materials Division’s Public and Governmental Affairs Committee representative (2008-2011).
- Scientific Review Panel, Dept. of Energy Basic Research for the Hydrogen Fuel Initiative, March 2007.
- Chair, Chemistry and Physics of Materials Committee, TMS Society (2005-2008).
- Guest editor, Acta Materialia 54, No. 13 (2006), selected papers from “Micromechanics and Microstructure Evolution: Modeling, Simulation and Experiments,” Madrid, Spain, Sept. 2005.
- Visiting associate professor, CNRS, Ecole des Mines, Nancy Cedex, France (June 2005).
- Associate editor, Philosophical Magazine 86, No. 24 (2006) issue on Frontiers in Solidification Science.
- Scientific Review Panel, DOE INCITE award for large-scale computation (2005).
- Technical Paper Program Committee, Supercomputing 2005 (Seattle, Washington, 2005).
- Member, Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion Editorial Committee (2004-2011).
- Co-advisor, JOM 2006 topic “Neutron Scattering Applied to Traditional Materials Problems.”
- Supercomputing ’95 award, for “Fastest Real Application.”
Past & Present Memberships:
- Co-organizer (with M. H. Yoo and C. Tome), “Defects and mechanical properties of HCP metals and alloys,” TMS Annual Meeting, Feb. 2000.
- Organizer, “Microstructural evolution based on fundamental interfacial properties,” Ames Laboratory, Oct. 2002.
- Co-organizer (with B. Radhakrishnan), “Microstructural evolution based on fundamental interfacial properties,” Oak Ridge National Laboratory, March 2004.
- Co-organizer (with R. E. Napolitano) “Frontiers in Solidification Science,” TMS Annual Meeting, 2005.
- Co-organizer (with S. B. Biner, J. Llorca, L. Kubin and Y. Sibutani) “Modeling and Simulation of Micromechanics and Microstructure Evolution,” September 2005, Madrid, Spain.
- Co-organizer (with Mike Manley) “Fundamentals of Shape Memory and Related Transitions,” TMS Annual Meeting, February 2007.
- Co-organizer (with C. Battaille, M. Asta and Y. Wang) “Computational Thermodynamics and Phase Transformations,” TMS Annual Meeting, February 2007.
- International Program Committee, “13th International Conference on Liquid and Amorphous Metals (LAM13),” Ekaterinburg, Russia, July 2007.
- Co-organizer (with V. K. Pecharsky and A. Tiwari) “Acta Materialia Gold Medal Award Symposium: Recent Developments in Rare Earth Science and Technology,” TMS Annual Meeting, March 2008.
- USA Organizing Committee, International Conference on Martensitic Transformations, July 2008.
- Co-organizer (with Y. Sohn, J. Morral, R. Arroyave, S. Babu and M. Asta) “Phase Stability, Diffusion Kinetics And Their Applications (PSDK-III),” Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 2008.
- Co-organizer (with D.J. Singh and D. Mandrus) ORNL Symposium, “Materials for Energy,” Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2008.
- Co-organizer (with R. E. Napolitano) “Frontiers in Solidification Science,” TMS Annual Meeting, March 2009.
- Co-organizer (with Raymundo Arroyave; Yongho Sohn; John Morral; Sudarsanam Babu; Ralph Napolitano) “Phase Stability, Diffusion Kinetics And Their Applications (PSDK-IV),” Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 2009.
- International Program Committee, “14th International Conference on Liquid and Amorphous Metals (LAM14),” Rome, Italy, July 2010.
- Co-organized EFRC summer school, “Atomic-level Response of Materials to Irradiation,” (Santa Fe, 2010).
- Co-organizer (with R. Arroyave, V. Ozolins and J.J. Hoyt), “Computational Thermodynamics and Kinetics,” TMS Annual Meeting, Feb. 2011.
- Curriculum committee, “Center for Materials Science and Nuclear Fuels (CMSNF) Summer School,” Idaho National Laboratory (June 2011).
- Primary organizer, “Defects, Defect Interactions, and Damage in Structural Materials,” Energy Frontier Research Center Summer School, Knoxville, June 2012.
- Primary Organizer (with Jianguo Yu, Andrew Horsfield, and Nan Li), “Materials behavior under extreme irradiation, stress or temperature,” MRS Spring Meeting, April 2014.
- The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (vice-chair, Chemistry and Physics of Materials Committee, 2003-2005; chair, 2005-2008); American Physical Society; Materials Research Society; American Assoc. of Crystal Growth; ASM (Alloy Phase Diagram Committee, 2004-)
- Journals: Acta Materialia, Applied Physics Letters; ASME Journal of Tribology; Computational Mat. Sci., Intermetallics, Journal of Alloy and Compounds; J. Applied Phys., J. Chem. Phys.; J. Cryst. Growth, J. Mat. Res., J. Nuc. Mat., J. Phase Equilibria; J. Phys. C., J. Phys. Chem.; J. Phys. Chem. Solids, J. Phys. D; Journal of Non-crystalline Solids, J. Sol. State Chem., Mat. Chem. Phys., Materials Letters; Mater. Sci. Eng., Met. Trans.; Modelling Simul. Mat. Sci. Eng.Nanotechnology; Nature Materials; Phil. Magazine; Phys. Rev. (Letters, B, E); Science; Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, Scientific Reports, Solid State Communications, Surface Science.
- Proposals: U. S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Students/Postdocs/Visiting Scientists/Visiting Students:
- M. Asta, University of California Berkeley; S. B. Biner, Idaho National Laboratory; M. Calvo-Dahlborg and U. Dahlborg, CNRS, France; R. Davidchack, University of Leicester, UK; L. Gránásy, Research Institute for Solid State Physics, Hungary; C. Henager, PNNL; J. J. Hoyt, McMaster University; K.F. Kelton, University of Washington; M. J. Kramer, Ames Laboratory; M. Krcmar, Grand Valley State University; B. B. Laird, University of Kansas; M. I. Mendelev, Ames Laboratory; R. Napolitano, Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University; B.C. Pan, USTC, China; X. C. Zeng, University of Nebraska.
- Postdocs: Z. Y. Lu (postdoc, 2001), R. S. Aga (postdoc, 2004-2008), J. W. Lee (Postdoc, 2009-2011), Y. Ihm (postdoc, 2011-present), R. Olsen (postdoc, 2011-present)
- Visitors: Y. Y. Ye (regularly visiting scientist, 1998-2003), K. Y. Chen (visiting scientist, 2000), G. Rengarajan (visiting student, 2000), G. Toth (visiting student, 2005), J. Wang (visiting student, 2010),
- Graduate students: A. Beatty (M. S., Physics, 1999), L. J. Peng (Ph. D., Mat. Sci., 2011), A. Arrico (Ph.D., Mat. Sci., current)
- Undergraduate researchers: David Ring*, Jennifer Scharff*, Dan Froeling, Adam Oline, Jay Wacker*, Trevor Pate (*asterisks indicate published authors)
- High school researchers: Josh Lapan, Margaret Sudderth
University Activities: Courses / Lectures Taught:
- University of Tennessee:
- Materials Science & Engineering 513, “Fundamentals Of Materials Science and Engineering (III)”
- Spring 2011, 2012, 2013. New course in 2011, covering phase diagrams, diffusion, thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations. Required for Ph.D. students.
- Materials Science & Engineering 511, “Fundamentals Of Materials Science and Engineering (I)”
- Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2008 (co-taught with Prof. V. Keppens). Graduate course; covers thermodynamics, phase diagrams, and kinetics of phase transformations.
- “Fundamentals of thermodynamics, phase transformations, and material simulations at small length scales.”
- Spring 2007, Fall 2012. Developed new graduate course for materials science & chemical engineering students; covers basics of statistical mechanics and of related simulation methods.
- Materials Science & Engineering 201, “Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering”
- Other course lectures (Univ. of Tennessee):
- Lectured for special topics course on “Bulk Metallic Glasses” (Spring, 2005 and 2007).
- Lectured for MSE101, “Recent Advances in Materials Science” (Spring, 2006, 2007, 2008).
- Lectured for Interdepartmental Graduate Minor in Computational Sciences seminar, 2009.
- Iowa State University:
- Gave guest lectures in Topics in Physics, Physics for Non-majors, Introduction to Physics, Waves, Introduction to Statistical Mechanics, and Thermodynamics for Materials Science.
- Co-instructor, “Introduction to Molecular Biology for Non-Biologists,” (Drena Dobbs, primary lecturer).
Students / Postdocs Advised:
- Andrew Beatty, M.S., Physics, Iowa State University (1998).
- Lujian Peng, Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Tennessee (2011).
- Outstanding Student Award (2010); Best Poster award, AMS local chapter Student Night (2010)
- Thesis title: Atomistic Modeling of Hydrogen Storage in Nanostructured Carbons
- Alex Arrico (current PhD student, Materials Science, University of Tennessee)
- Rachel Aga (2004-2008); presently faculty, Department of Chemistry, Wright State University
- Jae-Wook Lee (2009-2011); presently, Korean Institute of Materials Science
- Yungok Ihm (2011-present)
- Raina Olsen (2011-present), DOE EERE Fellow
- Undergraduate students: Jennifer Scharff,* David Ring,* Dan Froelich, Jay Wacker,* Trevor Pate, Dion Harmon (*asterisks indicate published authors)
Graduate Student Committees:
- Tudor Ionescu, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Tennessee, 2006.
- Darryl Glanton, M.S., Materials Science, University of Tennessee (2007).
- Sujing Xie, Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Tennessee (2007).
- Lan Huang, Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Tennessee (2007).
- Robert McDaniel, Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Tennessee (current).
- Shenyan Huang, Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Tennessee (2011).
- Matthew Lassiter, Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Tennessee (2009).
- Junwu Liu, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Tennessee (2009).
- Li Li, Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Tennessee (2010).
- Matt Freels, Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Tennessee (2010).
- Led effort to revise graduate student core curriculum (2009).
- Departmental Liason to University of Tennessee’s “Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science.”