Dr. Joannie W. Chin is the Acting Deputy Division Chief and a supervisory materials research engineer in the Materials and Structural Systems Division (MSSD) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In the Materials and Construction Research Division, Dr. Chin is responsible for leading, planning and implementing research on polymeric materials used in building and construction applications. Her duties include leading projects on the characterization of polymer durability, development of accelerated aging protocols, and novel methods for the simulation of outdoor weathering. Dr. Chin also leads an investigation of degradation mechanisms in ballistic fibers, sponsored by the NIST Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES).
Dr. Chin's professional experience prior to joining NIST in 1995 as a Materials Research Engineer includes employment as a research scientist with Gould, Inc., Foil Division, Cleveland, OH, 1986-1989; as a research associate with the Chemistry Department of Virginia Tech, 1989-1994; and as a post-doctoral research associate in the Materials Science Department of Virginia Tech, 1994-1995. She also has consulted for the Ordnance Division of Babcock and Wilcox (Lynchburg, VA) and has held internships at Dow Chemical (Granville, OH) and the Standard Oil Company (Cleveland, OH).
Dr. Chin was a co-recipient of the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal in 2002 for the development of the NIST integrating sphere-based weathering device, on which she also holds a U.S. patent. She has received Best Paper and Best Presentation Awards from ASTM Committee D30 on Composites Materials in 1996, and the American Society of Composites in 2001, respectively. In 2004 Dr. Chin and co-authors were awarded 1st place in the Roon Foundation Award Competition, sponsored by the Federation of the Societies for Coatings Technology, for their work on high radiant flux UV exposures and polymer photodegradation. Additionally, Dr. Chin was the recipient of the Federation of the Societies for Coatings Technology’s 2005 Technical Focus Award, for her work in service life prediction and accelerated aging of polymeric materials.
Acting Deputy Division Chief
Materials and Structural Systems Division
Polymeric Materials Group
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Ph.D., Materials Engineering Science, 1994
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, M.S., Chemistry, 1991
Case Western Reserve University, B.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, 1986