Grant is the program manager for cybersecurity research in the Division of Chemical and Biological Sciences (DCBS) at Ames Laboratory. His focus has been on developing software for integrations with cyber defensive tools for the automated cyber threat information sharing program, the Cyber Fed Model (CFM), at Argonne National Laboratory. Additionally, he has provided expertise in research projects developing correlation of publicly exposed devices with vulnerabilities and machine learning for intrusion detection of grid systems. Prior to joining Ames Laboratory, he was in the Aerospace industry in various product development and management roles with formerly United Technologies Aerospace Systems. This included supporting development of cybersecurity policy and secure development life cycles for safety critical systems as well as secure design and assessment of real-time systems bridging security domains on various aircraft network busses. He received an M.S. in technology management from the University of St. Thomas and B.S. in computer engineering from Iowa State University.
Dr. Ikenna C. Nlebedim is an associate scientist and group leader at Ames Laboratory and the magnet thrust co-lead for the Critical Materials Institute (CMI). He contributes to CMI research efforts on recycling, additive manufacturing, thermomagnetic processing and system levels finite element modeling. He has a Ph.D. from Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK, and an M.Sc. from KTH, Stockholm, Sweden. His research interests include recycling of materials, magnetoelastic and magnetoelastic materials, magnetic non-destructive evaluation, and magnetic systems modeling.
Dr. Chris Haase joins as Director of the Critical Materials Institute from GE Ventures, where he was Senior Director, leading new business creation and investment activities in the areas of oil & gas, power and renewables. With background in defense and natural resources, Chris has served as early-stage technology manager and investor in several corporate venture capital organizations, including Shell Technology Ventures Fund 1, BTG Ventures, Shell GameChanger and GE Ventures. In upstream energy, Chris served as the head business advisor to the Chief Technology Officer of Royal Dutch / Shell, managing alignment of R&D funding with the company’s long-term corporate strategy and value chains and also launching Shell’s latest venture fund, Shell Ventures. Additionally, Chris was Shell’s manager for external research, where he helped Shell close many innovative partnership agreements with universities and small enterprises in North America. With a background in numerical modeling, petrophysics and quantitative seismic interpretation, Chris has worked on oil & gas exploration and development projects, new upstream joint ventures and divestments involving assets in the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, North Sea, Middle East and Australia.
A former US Department of Defense Fellow and adjunct professor at the United States Naval Academy, Chris held R&D positions with the Naval Ocean Systems Center (now SPAWAR) and Department of Defense and also served as a 10-year volunteer commercialization advisor for the National Technology Transfer Center and US Missile Defense Agency. An inventor with several patents, Chris received his Ph.D. and MS degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago, his MBA from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and his Bachelor of Science degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Ohio State University. Chris is married to Ineke and has two sons, Mark and Peter, both studying mechanical engineering in university.
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.
He is the manager of the Materials Preparation Center (MPC) at Ames Laboratory. He has worked at the Ames Laboratory for more than 26 years. His research interests include thermal spray, quasicrystalline and bulk-amorphous alloys, tribological testing, and rapid alloy assessment methods. In addition to his role as the manager of the MPC, he is involved in research efforts under the Critical Materials Institute (rapid assessment and recycling efforts), structures and dynamics of condensed systems, and mesoscale structured materials. He received his master's in materials science and engineering and a bachelor's in ceramic engineering.
Dr. Iver E. Anderson is a senior metallurgist and has worked at Ames Laboratory for 30 years. He has an extensive background in precision atomization of metal and alloy powders, as well as considerable expertise in design of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys and advanced powder processing development, including gas atomization reaction synthesis. Dr. Anderson is a member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (2017), Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (2015 class), Fellow of TMS (2015), Fellow of ASM International (and recent Trustee), Fellow of APMI, and Fellow of Alpha Sigma Mu (2014). He has well over 260 publications in journals and conference proceedings, several book chapters, and over 40 patents.
Dr. Emma White’s research is focused on powder metallurgy for energy applications, including high temperature and extreme environment coatings, Li-ion battery anode materials, high energy density permanent magnets and unique metal alloy powders for additive manufacturing. She primarily uses high pressure gas atomization to produce custom metal alloy powders for these energy relevant technologies. Dr. White is an Associate Scientist at the Ames Laboratory and was previously a Postdoctoral Associate under Dr. Iver Anderson. She was a NSF GK-12 Symbi Fellow, and received her PhD and B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Iowa State University.
She has more than 30 years of experience in theoretical and computational chemistry. She develops new methods and algorithms for high performance computational chemistry as well as applying those techniques to both basic and applied research. Her current application interests are rare earth and heavy element chemistry, separations, catalysis, aerosol formation, cellulose degradation, and photochemistry. Much of her research interests involve large, collaborative efforts between scientists in multiple fields working together to solve difficult scientific challenges. She is a distinguished professor in the Chemistry Department of Iowa State University. Prior to joining Ames Laboratory, she worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as the lead for the NWChem development group and the Visualization and User Services Group. She also worked at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in technology transfer and training. She received her bachelor’s in chemistry, mathematics, and computer science from Minot State University and her doctorate in physical chemistry from Iowa State University.
His research focuses on ferroic functional materials and their applications in clean energy and energy efficiency applications. Current research directions include caloric materials, such as elastocaloric materials for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, refrigeration; application and magnetocaloric materials for gas liquefaction; advanced soft magnetic materials, such as high silicon electrical steel for inductors, transformers, and motors; permanent magnetic materials, such as Mn-based, rare-earth-free permanent magnetic materials and rare-earth permanent magnets with high toughness; high temperature anti-ferroelectric capacitor materials; and ferroelastic shape memory alloys. The overall materials development strategy is theory guided high throughput experimentation, utilizing DFT-based computation to identify alloy composition space and combinatorial bulk synthesis and scanning materials characterization techniques to discover, and down-select candidate compositions. He holds joint positions with Ames Laboratory and the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Iowa State University.
Dr. Lin Zhou received her Materials Science and Engineering Ph. D. in 2006 from Arizona State University, and then worked in the Physics Department as an assistant research scientist till she joined Ames Lab in 2012. Dr. Zhou is currently an associate scientist in Ames Lab and an adjunct faculty of Materials Science and Engineering department at Iowa State University. She also provides scientific oversight on staff/postdocs and instruments in the Sensitive Instrument Facility in Ames Lab. Dr. Zhou’s research focuses on understanding structure-property relationship down to atomic level, as well as exploring mechanism and dynamic of phase transitions, induced by heat/cooling, magnetic field, electric biasing, and mechanical force, using advanced in situ electron-beam related techniques. The materials systems that Dr. Zhou is interested in include magnetic alloys, two-dimensional materials, ferroelectric oxides and semiconductor thin films.
Igor I. Slowing received his License degree in Chemistry at San Carlos University, Guatemala in 1995, and his Ph.D. at Iowa State University in 2008. He joined the Ames Laboratory as a staff scientist in 2009, and joined the Department of Chemistry of Iowa State University in 2013 as an Adjunct Professor. His research focuses on the development of multifunctionalized nanostructured materials for catalysis, especially for conversions of biorenewable resources into commodity chemicals, and in the design of additive manufacturing approaches for generating chemically active architectures.
His areas of expertise include synthesis, structure, experimental thermodynamics, physical and chemical properties of intermetallic compounds containing rare earth metals, anomalous behavior of 4f-electron systems, magnetostructural phase transformations, physical properties of ultra-pure rare earth metals, caloric materials and systems, mechanochemistry, mechanically induced solid state reactions and mechanochemical transformations, and relationships between composition, structure, physical and chemical properties of materials. He is a distinguished professor of Materials, Science, and Engineering at Iowa State University, and is an FWP leader and faculty scientist at Ames Laboratory. He is a member of the Materials Research Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, and International Centre for Diffraction Data. He has his doctorate in inorganic chemistry and a bachelor’s and master’s in chemistry (with distinction), both from L’viv State University, L’viv, Ukraine.
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