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Frank DelRio (Assoc)

Frank W. DelRio received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1998, after which he worked as a Product Support Engineer at C&D Aerospace (now C&D Zodiac), first in Huntington Beach, CA and later in São José dos Campos, Brazil. In 2001, he returned to academia, ultimately receiving an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boise State University in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2006. After working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory (now the Material Measurement Laboratory, MML) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, Frank has served as the Leader of the Nanoscale Strength Measurements and Standards Project from 2007 to 2014, as the Leader of the Small-Scale Mechanics for Advanced Materials Project from 2014 to 2016, and as a Science Advisor in the MML Lab Office from 2016 to 2017.  Currently, he is the Leader of the Fatigue and Fracture Group, which conducts research on the fatigue and fracture of advanced structural materials for pipeline safety, hydrogen storage, additive manufacturing, and cardiac device reliability. His research focuses on the development and use of materials and assemblies for small-scale mechanical applications via advancements in stand-alone and integrative mechanical measurement and microscopy techniques, with an emphasis on advanced materials in electronics, biomedical and health, infrastructure, energy, and forensics applications. In all, he has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as Nature Materials, PNAS, Nano Letters, and ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. Frank is also the recipient of several awards and honors, including an ASME Orr Early Career Award, a Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award, an Adhesion Society Outstanding Young Adhesion Scientist Award, and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.


BSU Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award, 2019

ASME Fellow, 2018

U.S. Department of State Embassy Science Fellowship, Prague, Czech Republic, 2017

Society for Experimental Mechanics A.J. Durelli Award, 2015

Maryland Academy of Sciences Allan C. Davis Outstanding Young Engineer Award, 2013

Adhesion Society Outstanding Young Adhesion Scientist Award, 2012

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2011

U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award, 2011

TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award, 2011

ASME Leighton E. and Margaret W. Orr Early Career Award, 2009

Selected Publications


Hydrogen embrittlement in ferritic steels

May L. Martin, Matthew J. Connolly, Frank W. DelRio, Andrew J. Slifka
The deleterious effects of hydrogen on the physical properties of metals have been known for over a century. Despite extensive work over that time period, there
Created August 15, 2019, Updated July 13, 2023