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William Luecke


William Luecke joined the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory in 1991 as an NRC post-doctoral fellow working under NIST Fellow Sheldon Wiederhorn. For nearly six years he conducted research on high-temperature deformation models and standard test methods for structural ceramics, primarily silicon nitride, for gas turbine engines

In 1996 he joined the Ceramics division as a permanent staff member, where he moved into deformation of fuel cell ceramics and rolling-contact fatigue of silicon nitride.

In 2002 he transferred to the Metallurgy division, where he was part of the MSEL team assigned to the NIST World Trade Center collapse investigation. Since 2005 he has researched standard test methods and data for improved grades of fire-resistive steel, a project that grew out of the recommendations of the NIST WTC report.

Research interests

High-temperature mechanical testing of ceramics and metals. Standards and test methods to evaluate the fire resistance of structural steel

William Luecke


Materials Performance

Employment History:

2005-2011: Group leader, Materials Performance Group

2002-present: Staff member, Metallurgy Division, NIST. Member, NIST World Trade Center Collapse investigation

1996-2002: Staff member, Ceramics Division, NIST. Research on creep of silicon nitride and fuel-cell materials, rolling contact fatigue of silicon nitride

1991-1996, Post-doctoral Associate, Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory, NIST (1991-1993 NRC)


Ph.D.1991 Cornell University, Materials Science and Engineering

M.S. 1987 Cornell University, Materials Science and Engineering

B.S. 1984 Cornell University, Mechanical Engineering


Phone: 301 975 5744
Email: william.luecke@nist.gov
Fax: 301 975 4553