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Walter G. McDonough

Research Interests

Machine Readable Travel Documents; Ballistic Fibers; Composite Materials; Mechanical Testing

Awards and Honors

  • Department of Commerce Gold Medal (2007)
  • Department of Commerce Bronze Medal (1998)

Current Activities

Washington Editorial Review Board - Polymers Division Sponsor

Member - ISO/IEC JTC1/SC17/WG3 International Work Area (Travel Documents)

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Materials Engineer
Materials Science and Engineering
Sustainable Polymers Group

Employment History:

1989-present: Materials Engineer, Materials Science and Engineering Division, NIST
1988: Materials Engineer, W.R. Grace/Emerson & Cuming
1981-1987: Materials Engineer, U.S. Army, Harry Diamond Laboratories 


M.S., Polymers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987

B.S., Plastics Engineering, University of Lowell, 1981


Phone: 301-975-3661
Email: walter.mcdonough@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-3928