Dr. H. Felix Wu holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. He has 14 years work experience in industry and 13 years project/program management experience in Federal government, with broad-based expertise in high-performance fibers, polymers, composite materials/structures, and engineering mechanics. He joined the Advanced Technology Program (ATP), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a Program Manager in the Office of Chemistry and Life Sciences in July 1997. As a Program Manager, Dr. Wu has managed more than 50 ATP-funded R&D projects working with various industries including automotive, offshore exploration & production, civil infrastructure, nanotechnology, polymers, metals, ceramics, and biological sciences. He is a project manager/senior materials engineer in the Office of Selection Management in the NIST Technology Innovation Program (TIP). Dr. Wu is the Lead of critical national need on Civil Infrastructure at the TIP.
Prior to joining ATP, Dr. Wu was a Senior Project Leader at the Owens Corning Science and Technology Center, Granville, OH, where he conducted fundamental and applied research, and led R&D efforts in long-term durability, materials interfaces, mechanical behaviors, micromechanics, surface science, fiber forming and polymer processing of reinforcements and their composites. As a Senior Project Manager at the Alcoa Technical Center, Aluminum Company of America, Alcoa Center, PA, Dr. Wu was the leader in the development of a new family of fiber-metal laminates (ARALL and GLARE). He conducted R&D programs and led R&D efforts in fiber-metal hybrid laminates, statistical/materials characterization, composite interfaces, quality assurance, and design allowable development for aerospace, automotive, and construction industries. Before that, Dr. Wu was a Mechanical/Design Engineer for Control Data Corporation, Oklahoma City, OK, where he developed new electromechanical components for computer peripherals.
Dr. Wu was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA in 1999-2009. He served an Advisory Committee member for two Ph.D. students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1994-1997 and in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at the Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS in 1996-2001.
His specialties and research interests include fiber-reinforced composites, advanced materials, construction materials and processes, structural health monitoring, nanotechnology, homeland security, material processes/interfaces, damage tolerance/fracture, creep-rupture/lifetime prediction, environmental durability, biomaterials and biomedical devices. Dr. Wu has published a combination of more than 170 papers in scientific journals, technical conferences, and technical reports pertaining to his areas of interest. He was the recipient of the Hans-Juergen Schmidt Award of the 7th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring – 2009 to recognize his outstanding leadership and effort in advancing structural health monitoring technologies in industry and government. He is a U.S. Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellow (ComSci) since 2003 and a Fellow of the Ohio Academy of Science since 2000.
Senior Materials Engineer/Project Manager
Project Management Office
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University