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Chandler A Becker

Research Interests

Molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations of materials, primarily metallic alloys.
Repositories and evaluation methods for classical atomistic simulations and interatomic potentials:  www.ctcms.nist.gov/potentials/.

Awards and Honors

  • NIST:
    • National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship (2006-2008)
  • Northwestern University:
    • Best Student Poster Award, TMS Frontiers in Solidification Symposium (2005)
    • Walter P. Murphy Fellowship (2001-2002)
  • The College of William and Mary:
    • James Monroe Scholar (1995-1999)
    • Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Scholarship (1998-1999)


Materials Scientist
Metallurgy Division
Thermodynamics and Kinetics Group

Employment History:

  • 2006 - present: Postdoctoral Researcher, Metallurgy Division, NIST.  Project leader: NIST Interatomic Potentials Repository
  • Summers 2003, 2004: Intern, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque NM
  • 1999-2001: Analyst, High Performance Technologies, Inc., Reston VA
  • Summer 1998: Intern, Joint European Torus, Culham UK


  • 2006: Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University
  • 1999: B.S. with Departmental Honors in Physics, The College of William and Mary

Phone: 301-975-5344
Email: cbecker@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-4553