Dr. Chandler Becker is a materials scientist and data-science learning coordinator in the NIST Material Measurement Laboratory's (MML) Office of Data and Informatics. She started at NIST as an NRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow and was then hired as staff in the Metallurgy (later Materials Science and Engineering) Division, where she created the NIST Interatomic Potentials Repository and worked on projects related to atomistic materials model selection and applicability to materials design. This work was recognized by a NIST/DOC Bronze medal and NIST Sigma Xi Katharine Gebbie Young Investigator Award.
Since moving to the Office of Data and Informatics, Dr. Becker has worked mostly on projects related to materials data availability, including the NIST Materials Resource Registry. She provides materials data expertise as a staff scientist and co-chaired the Research Data Alliance Working Group on Materials Resource Registries, which included the development of a materials science vocabulary that is utilized in the Registry application and is being adopted by other projects. Current work is focused on integration of the Registry with other materials data efforts.
Dr. Becker also works on application of data science approaches across various MML disciplines (particularly materials science) with an emphasis on techniques for analytic reproducibility, documentation, sharing, and reusability. Her data-science learning coordination efforts also support professional data-science skill development for NIST staff, and Dr. Becker is an organizer and instructor for NIST's Carpentries workshops and tutorials to facilitate programming and data skills for researchers.