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James A Warren, Ph.D.

Current Foci:

For the past few years, I have been focusing my energies on the Materials Genome Initiative, a multi-agency initiative designed to create a new era of policy, resources, and infrastructure that support U.S. institutions in the effort to discover, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials twice as fast, at a fraction of the cost. More information about the MGI can be found at the White House page.  In my role as Technical Program Director for Materials Genomics, I am working with a government-wide team to build out the materials innovation infrastructure needed to realize the goals of the initiative.  NIST, in particular, has an outsize role to play in achieving those goals.  More information about the NIST effort in support of the MGI can be found at the NIST MGI home page

Research Interests:
My research is broadly concerned with developing both models of materials phenomena, and the tools to enable the solution of these models. Specific foci include solidification, pattern formation, grain structures, wetting, diffusion, and spreading in metals.

I have been employed at NIST since 1992,  in the Metallurgy Division and its successor the Materials Science and Engineering Division, within the Material Measurement Laboratory. I am also one of the co-founders, and the current Director, of the NIST Center for Theoretical and Computational Materials Science.

For a discussion of the the multitude of phase field modeling projects I have been involved in, as well as work by others in the CTCMS on this interesting topic, visit the CTCMS.

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Position:

Technical Program Director for Materials Genomics
Material Measurement Lab

Employment History:

  • Leader, Thermodynamics and Kinetics Group, 2005-2012
  • Physicist, Metallurgy Division, NIST. Theoretical and computational research on solidification, pattern formation, grain structures, wetting, diffusion, and spreading in metals. (1992-2012)
  • Director, NIST Center for Theoretical and Computational Materials Science (CTCMS), January 2001-2003. 2004-present
  • Deputy Director , CTCMS, February 1997-December 2000, October 2003-October 2004
  • NRC Post-Doctoral Fellow, Metallurgy Division, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, September 1992 - September 1994.

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Statistical Physics, 1992, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. Advisor: James S. Langer.
  • A.B., Summa Cum Laude, 1987, Dartmouth College, Phi Beta Kappa, High Honors in Physics
Contact

Phone: 301-975-5708
Email: jwarren@nist.gov