Ryan Ott is scientist at Ames Laboratory specializing in the synthesis, structure, and properties of amorphous and nanostructured metallic alloys and synchrotron X-ray scattering studies of atomic structure and phase formation in metallic glass and liquid alloys. He also performs in situ X-ray scattering experiments of atomic-scale and micromechanical deformation behavior in amorphous and nanostructured alloys, in particular strain-rate sensitivity and plasticity mechanisms in thin films. He received his B.S. in metallurgical and materials engineering from Michigan Technological University and his M.S and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He has been at Ames Laboratory since 2005.