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About me (a 3rd person bio)
Dr. James A. Warren is the Technical Program Director for Materials Genomics in the Material Measurement Laboratory of NIST. His aspirations of an academic physicist’s career took a turn in 1992 when he received an NRC post-doctoral appointment at NIST. He came to the Metallurgy Division after receiving his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which was preceded by an A.B. (also in Physics) from Dartmouth College. In 1995, with three other junior NIST staff members, he co-founded the NIST Center for Theoretical and Computational Materials Science, which he has directed since 2001. From 2005-2013 he was the Leader of the Thermodynamics and Kinetics Group. His research has been broadly concerned with developing both models of materials phenomena, and the tools to enable the solution of these models. Specific foci over the years has included solidification, pattern formation, grain structures, creep, diffusion, wetting, and spreading in metals. In 2010-11, Dr. Warren was part of the ad hoc committee within the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) that crafted the founding whitepaper on the Administration’s Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), and has served as the Executive Secretary of the NSTC MGI Subcommittee since 2012.
My Current Foci:
For the past few years, I have been focusing my energies on the Materials Genome Initiative, a multi-agency initiative designed to create a new era of policy, resources, and infrastructure that support U.S. institutions in the effort to discover, desgin, develop, and deploy advanced materials twice as fast, at a fraction of the cost. More information about the MGI can be found at the White House page. In my role as Technical Program Director for Materials Genomics, I am working with a government-wide team to build out the materials innovation infrastructure needed to realize the goals of the initiative. NIST, in particular, has an outsize role to play in achieving those goals. More information about the NIST effort in support of the MGI can be found at the NIST MGI home page
I have been employed at NIST since 1992, in the Metallurgy Division and its successor the Materials Science and Engineering Division, within the Material Measurement Laboratory. I am also one of the co-founders, and the current Director, of the NIST Center for Theoretical and Computational Materials Science.
For a discussion of the the multitude of phase field modeling projects I have been involved in, as well as work by others in the CTCMS on this interesting topic, visit the CTCMS. For amusement, I attach a simulation I did 20 years ago on a supercomputer that was 20 time slower than my current smartphone.
Technical Program Director for Materials Genomics
Material Measurement Lab