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Frank W. DelRio

Frank W. DelRio received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1998, after which he worked as a Product Support Engineer at C&D Aerospace (now C&D Zodiac), first in Huntington Beach, CA and later in São José dos Campos, Brazil. In 2001, he returned to academia, ultimately receiving an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boise State University in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2006. During his tenure at the University of Colorado, Frank served as a Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications Institute fellow at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM and as an Engineering Sciences Summer Institute fellow at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA; the work conducted during these fellowships resulted in an MRS Graduate Student Award (Silver Medal) and an MRS Best Poster Award. After working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory (now the Material Measurement Laboratory) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD as a leader for the Nanoscale Strength Measurements and Standards project. At NIST, Frank has been recognized with several awards and honors, including an ASME Orr Early Career Award, a TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award, a Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award, an Adhesion Society Outstanding Young Adhesion Scientist Award, and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. In all, he has published close to 30 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as Nature Materials, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Applied Physics Letters, and Langmuir on topics related to the fabrication of micro- and nanoscale ceramic, metallic, polymeric, and composite thin films and small-scale structures and the characterization of their elastic, plastic, fracture, interfacial, and charge transport properties.

Photograph of Frank DelRio


Mechanical Engineer
Materials Measurement Science Division
Nanomechanical Properties Group

Employment History:

2007-Present, Project Leader, Materials Measurement Science Division, NIST

2006-2007, Postdoctoral Researcher, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

2002-2006, Graduate Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

2001-2002, Graduate Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering, Boise State University


2006, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

2002, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Boise State University

1998, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University


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