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Mark VanLandingham (Fed)

Chief, Materials Science and Engineering Division

Mark VanLandingham is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in polymer-based materials, from polymer gels and elastomers to high strength polymer fibers and composites, and in the area of nanoscale to microscale mechanics.  Before joining NIST, he was with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory since 2002 and served in many roles during that time, including as the Associate Director for Programs & Plans, where he oversaw a ~$200M/year research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) portfolio for the Weapons & Materials Research Directorate.  He most recently served as Chief of the ARL's Materials & Manufacturing Science Division, where he was responsible for the execution of a ~$100M RDT&E division portfolio across seven business units.  Prior to his time at ARL, Mark began his professional career right here at NIST, as a Materials Research Engineer in the Building and Fire Research Laboratory (now EL).
Mark has been involved in a wide range of institutional service throughout his career.  He was the Army Principal to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Reliance 21 Materials & Manufacturing Processes Community of Interest and the primary ARL representative to the Subcommittee of the Materials Genome Initiative, a past Chair of the ARL Invention Evaluation Committee, and a past U.S. National Lead for The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) Technical Panel on Polymers, Coatings, and Adhesives.  He has also been an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Delaware and Drexel University, and has served on external advisory boards for Virginia Tech and U. Mass-Amherst. He has co-authored 47 refereed articles in technical journals and four book chapters.


Department of Army Commander's Award for Civilian Service - April 2018

 Army Research and Development Achievement Award for advancements in polymer networks - 2013 

Excellence in Federal Career Award for Outstanding Supervisor - 2008

MRS Trophy award

Created February 27, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022