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Jeff Sowards

Research Interests
-Materials joining with emphasis on fusion welding and solidification, and friction stir welding
-Weldability evaluation
-Failure analysis and root cause investigation
-Mechanical, fracture, and fatigue testing including corrosive and high temperature environments
Professional Affiliations
American Welding Society (AWS)
International Institute of Welding (IIW)
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)  
Awards and Honors
2012 U.S. Young Professionals Delegate AWS-IIW
2011 McKay-Helm Award American Welding Society
2010 Third Place International Metallographic Society Poster Competition
2009 NRC Postdoctoral Associate
2009 Elected to Phi Kappa Phi
2007 Project of the Year Award SERDP-DOD
2006 Henri Granjon Prize The International Institute of Welding
2003 Merit Award The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation
Recent Publications
Interpretation and Significance of Reverse Chevron-shaped Markings on Fracture Surfaces of API X100 Pipeline Steels, J.W. Sowards, C.N. McCowan, E.S. Drexler, Materials Science and Engineering A, 551: 140 – 148 (2012).
Solidification Behavior and Weldability of Dissimilar Welds Between a Cr-free Ni-Cu Welding Consumable and Type 304L Austenitic Stainless Steel, J.W. Sowards, D. Liang, B.T. Alexandrov, G.S. Frankel, J.C. Lippold, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 43(4): 1209 – 1222 (2012).
Ductile-Fracture Resistance in X100 Pipeline Welds Measured with CTOA, E. Drexler, P. Darcis, C.N. McCowan, J.W. Sowards, D. McColskey, T.A. Siewert, Welding Journal, 90(12): 241-s – 248-s (2011).
A New Chromium-free Welding Consumable for Joining Austenitic Stainless Steels, J.W. Sowards, D. Liang, B.T. Alexandrov, G.S. Frankel, J.C. Lippold, Welding Journal, 90(4): 63-s – 76-s (2011).


Applied Chemicals and Materials Division
Structural Materials

Employment History:

2009 – Present: Metallurgist
2009: Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Ohio State University
2005: Guest Researcher, Brazilian Synchrotron Light National Laboratory
2004 – 2008: Graduate Research Associate, The Ohio State University


Ph.D., The Ohio State University


Phone: 303-497-7960
Email: Jeffrey.sowards@nist.gov
Fax: 303-497-5030