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Chris McCowan

Research Interests:

Material characterization, failure analysis, microscopy, mechanical testing, Charpy impact testing, Verification of impact machines, CTOA testing, pipeline reliability


Awards and Honors:

NIST Judson C. French Award, for substantial improvements in production, service, and technical leadership of NIST's Charpy Verification Service, 2006

Certificate of Appreciation, United States Department of Commerce, For scientific and engineering achievement in conducting the four-year, $16 million federal building and fire safety investigation of the World Trade Center disaster

Rene Wasserman Memorial Award for paper "Preserving a National Landmark", American Welding Society, 2001

IMS First place award for Color Microscopy, Impact Induced Annealing in the Gibeon Iron Meteorite, 2001

A. F. Davis Silver Medal, for excellence of a paper in the field of machine design, American Welding Society, 2000 Award in the ASTM Impact of Standards Competition for a paper "Notched Bar Impact Testing Standards have Yielded Widespread Benefits for Industry" October 1998 Measurement Services Group

Award from NIST "For major improvements in customer service and understanding of Charpy impact verification" August 1998

First Place Award for cryogenic welding electrode technology, American Welding Society, 1996

ASTM Award of Appreciation, 1996

First place Award for New Techniques in Microscopy, International Metallographic Society, 1996

Dubose-Crouse Award, International Metallographic Society, 1993

Measurement Services Award for significant contributions to the NIST Standard Reference Materials Program, 1991

McKay-Helm Award of American Welding Society for a significant contribution in the field of Welding, 1989



Materials Research Engineer
Materials Reliability Division
Structural Materials Group

Employment History:

1984 - present: Materials Research Engineer, Materials Reliability Division, NIST


M.S., Metallurgical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1987

B.S., Metallurgical Engineering, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 1984


Phone: 303-497-3699
Email: mccowan@boulder.nist.gov
Fax: 303-497-5030