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James R. Fekete, Ph.D. P.E.

Research Interests
  • Physical metallurgy, structure/property relationships, emphasis on ferrous systems
  • Fatigue and fracture of structural systems, such as vehicles, pipelines and bridges
  • Application of non-destructive evaluation (NDE) methods to structural systems, evaluation and calibration of new NDE sensors

Awards and Honors

Auto/Steel Partnership Long Term Contribution Award – 2007

Special Recognition Award – U. S. Council for Automotive Research – 2006   

Excellence in Oral Presentation – SAE International 2001, 1997 

Outstanding Service Award - Iron & Steel Society, Mechanical Working and Steel Processing Division – 1999   

General Motors President's Council Honoree – 1998   

Forest McFarland Award for Outstanding Service to the Engineering Meetings Board - SAE International – 1998   

Outstanding Contribution to Division 32 - Sheet & Strip Steel - SAE International Technical Standards Board – 1997   

Elected to Alpha Sigma Mu, National Metallurgical Engineering Honorary Society - 1986

Professional Affiliations

ASTM International - Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel, and Related Alloys

Society of Automotive Engineers - Sheet & Strip Steel Standards Committee

Engineering Society of Detroit                              

ASM International   

Licensed Professional Engineer – State of Michigan



Division Chief
Applied Chemicals & Materials

Employment History:

2010-Present: Leader, Structural Materials Group, Materials Reliability Division, NIST, Boulder, CO  

1994 – 2009: Technical Fellow, General Motors Company, Warren, MI  

1988 – 1992: Manager, Research and Development, National Steel Corporation, Livonia, MI   

1986 – 1988: Senior Metallurgical Engineer, Allied Automotive Technical Center, Troy, MI



Ph.D. – Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1986)

M. S. – Materials Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (1984)

B. S. – Metallurgy and Materials Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (1979)



Phone: 303-497-5204
Email: james.fekete@nist.gov
Fax: 303-497-6682