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Michael J. Fasolka

Dr. Michael Fasolka is Deputy Director of the Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). MML is responsible for executing the part of NIST's mission of providing a measurement science and standards infrastructure that supports the Nation's enterprises in the biological, chemical and materials sciences and technologies. In his role as Deputy Director of MML, Dr. Fasolka is responsible for strategic planning, strategic communications and operations for the laboratory, which has a staff of over 950 people. He has held this position since 2012. Previously at NIST, Dr. Fasolka has been a senior scientific advisor or deputy to several NIST laboratory Directors. From 2005 to 2010, he was Director of the NIST Combinatorial Methods Center and leader of a Combinatorial Methods research group, established to provide industry with guidance and tools for the high throughput discovery of polymers and other soft materials. Before that, he was a staff scientists conducting research in polymer self-assembly and advanced scanning probe microscopy techniques. Dr. Fasolka received his doctorate degree in Polymer Science from MIT in 2000.  


Awards and Honors

  • National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering (2007)
  • Department of Commerce Silver Medal - Customer Service (2005)
  • Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (2004)
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship (2000-2001)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (1995-1998)
  • Josephine De Karman Fellowship (1999)
  • Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award (Fall Meeting,1997)

University of Pittsburgh

  • Distinguished Young Alumni Award (2007)
  • Lombardi Fellowship (1994)
  • Emma W. Locke Award (1994)
Michael Fasolka


Deputy Director
MML Laboratory Office

Employment History:

  • Deputy Director, Material Measurement Lab, NIST
  • Scientific Advisor and Acting Deputy Director, Material Measurement Lab, NIST
  • Senior Scientific Advisor, Materials Science and Engineering Lab, NIST
  • Acting Deputy Director, Materials Science and Engineering Lab, NIST
  • Leader, Combinatorial Methods Group, Polymers Division, NIST
  • Director, NIST Combinatorial Methods Center
  • Staff Position, Polymers Division, NIST
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Optical Technology Division, NIST
  • Ph.D, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT


2000: Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

1994: B.Phil., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

1994: B.A., Liberal Studies, University of Pittsburgh


Phone: (301) 975-8301
Email: mfasolka@nist.gov