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Lyle E. Levine (Fed)

Current Research Interests:

  • Additive Manufacturing of Metals:
    Elucidating the connection between processing, microstructure and behavior using a combination of best-in-the-world synchrotron X-ray measurements, neutron residual stress measurements, comprehensive lab-based measurements, FEA, multicomponent computational thermodynamic and microstructural evolution simulations, electrochemical studies, and mechanical testing.
  • Origins of the mechanical properties of bulk and nanoscale metals:
    Dislocation structure evolution (statistical physics theory), stresses in dislocation structures (X-ray microbeam experiments, theory, modeling), slip band evolution (in situ atomic force microscopy), nanoindentation multiscale modeling (finite element and classical atomistic), nanowire deformation (classical atomistic and quantum simulations).
  • Synchrotron X-ray scattering and diffraction:
    Ultra-small-angle X-ray scattering (USAXS) from dislocation structures (experiment and theory), co-developer of USAXS imaging which is available for general users at the Advanced Photon Source, spatially resolved full stress measurements using depth resolved sub-micrometer X-ray beams.

Activities Organized:

  • Sim-AM Symposia (2023)
  • MMM Conference and Symposium Organizer (2022)
  • Founding member of Computational Materials for Qualification and Certification (CM4QC) (2020)
  • Founded the Additive Manufacturing Benchmark Test Series (AM-Bench) (2016), Steering Committee Chair, co-Chair of 1st Organizing Committee
  • Founded AM-Bench Series with Conference, Benchmark Measurements, Challenge Problems (2018, 2022)
  • Founded the Dislocations Conference Series (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019), permanent member of international organizing committee
  • Plasticity Conference Symposia (2003, 2005)
  • MRS Symposia (2001, 2003, 2004, 2006)
  • TMS Symposia (2007)
  • APS Focus Sessions (1997, 1998)
  • Workshops and Short Courses (2 in 1998, 2 in 2006)

NIST Outputs:

  • Papers: 156
  • Invited talks: 162
  • Books edited: 3
  • Review chapters: 2
  • Road maps: 2

Adjunct Professor Positions:

University of Southern California, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (2008 - present)

Northwestern University, Department of Mechanical Engineering (2017 - present)


NIST William P. Slichter Award (Highest NIST award for strengthening ties to US industry) – “For establishing the AM Bench Test Series to increase the reliability of simulations of additive manufacturing processes that are critical to industry”

TMS Nagy El-Kaddah Award (2020), for our paper “The Influence of Annealing Temperature and Time on the Formation of d-Phase in Additively-Manufactured Inconel 625,” Metall. Mater. Trans. 49A 3028-3037 (2018)

Commerce Department Bronze Medal (2019) – “For identifying improved post-processing heat treatments for additive manufacturing metal alloys, particularly for IN625 alloy.”

ASM International Henry Marion Howe Medal (2018) - For our paper "Formation of the Ni3Nb δ-phase in stress-relieved Inconel 625 produced via laser powder-bed fusion additive manufacturing," Metall. Mater. Trans. 48A 5547-5558 (2017)  

Commerce Department Silver Medal (2016) - "For establishing innovative new instrumentation and software to measure microstructure and dynamics in materials over many length scales and under real-world conditions. Their achievement, illustrated through key application studies, provides a new window into materials’ behavior that fosters their deployment into energy, building, and other technologies. The tools, incorporated into a facility that leverages the powerful X-rays at Argonne National Laboratory, are now a sought after resource for industrial, government, and academic scientists nationwide."

NIST Allen V. Astin Measurement Science Award (2004) - "For advancements in the measurement of dynamic material properties, leading to the first ever stress-strain measurements at high strain-rate and heating-rate"


A Roadmap for LIMS at NIST Material Measurement Laboratory

Gretchen Greene, Jared Ragland, Zachary Trautt, June W. Lau, Raymond Plante, Joshua Taillon, Adam Abel Creuziger, Chandler A. Becker, Joe Bennett, Niksa Blonder, Lisa Borsuk, Carelyn E. Campbell, Adam Friss, Lucas Hale, Michael Halter, Robert Hanisch, Gary R. Hardin, Lyle E. Levine, Samantha Maragh, Sierra Miller, Chris Muzny, Marcus William Newrock, John Perkins, Anne L. Plant, Bruce D. Ravel, David J. Ross, John Henry J. Scott, Christopher Szakal, Alessandro Tona, Peter Vallone
Instrumentation generates data faster and in higher quantity than ever before, and interlaboratory research is in historic demand domestically and
Created October 9, 2019, Updated April 10, 2023