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ICC4 Security and Strategic Materials

ICC4 and 3rd Ceramic Leadership Summit

Shaping the Future of Ceramics


Richard A. Lowden, Manager, Strategic Materials Sustainability, Materials Science & Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Biography: Lowden has BA in Chemistry from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and a MS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His technical interests encompass a broad range of materials issues, but are truly centered on the vapor-phase fabrication of advanced ceramic coatings and composites. Much of his work has been in the development of continuous fiber-reinforced ceramic composites with emphasis on processing and interfacial behavior. However, his experience is not limited to fiber-reinforced composites, but includes the deposition and characterization of multiphase composite and other ceramic coatings, and the exploration of unique applications for vapor-solid reactions. More recently, Lowden lead the effort to re-establish particle fuel coating capabilities at ORNL which have been employed to fabricate TRISO fuel particles as well as explore new particle fuel concepts and advanced coating materials. In addition to ceramic coatings and composites, he has also been intimately involved in the development and evaluation of non-toxic and special purpose small arms ammunition. Lowden has 13 issued patents with others pending. He has received two R&D100 awards and three awards for pollution prevention and technology transfer for his work on the bullets. He has authored or co-authored over 80 papers and 3 book chapters, and has edited one conference proceedings. He is also a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society and a member of a number of professional societies.


Marc Humphries, Policy Analyst, Congressional Research Service


Biography: Humphries has provided close-support research and policy analysis for Congress on a variety of energy and mineral related legislative matters for the past twenty-four years. He has worked extensively with members of Congress, congressional committees and their staff providing numerous CRS reports, memorandum and briefings on topics such as: rare earth elements, strategic minerals, energy development on public lands, offshore energy, Mining Law reform, and mineral development in Africa and Asia. He earned graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin (Land Resources), University of Arizona (Mineral Economics) and National Defense University (National Resource Strategy) and was a past president of the Mineral Economics Management Society.


Stanley C. Woodson, Research Structural Engineer, US Army Research and Development Center


Biography:Woodson has over thirty-two years of civil engineering experience. His background is rather unique with experience in the design and analyses of conventional structures, civil works structures, and hardened structures. At the US Army Research and Development Center (ERDC), he is primarily responsible for planning and conducting experimental and analytical studies related to the large-deflection response of structures, including the effects of dynamic loads. His work has significantly impacted the Corps’ design procedures for both civil works and military structures. Major sponsors of his research studies have included the Department of Homeland Security, the Corps of Engineers, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the US Department of State, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the US Secret Service, and the National Maglev Initiative. Woodson is currently conducting research studies on various aspects of the response of conventional structures and critical infrastructure to improvised explosive devices. He routinely provides consultation on structural issues throughout the world. Woodson has authored over 80 technical publications and presented more than 40 lectures at national/international conferences. He consistently teaches graduate courses as an adjunct professor at Mississippi State University, through the ERDC Graduate Center in Vicksburg. He earned his BS and MS from Mississippi State University and PhD at University of Illinois in Civil Engineering.


Douglas W. Freitag, Technical Director, US Advanced Ceramics Association


Biography: Freitag brings 28 years of expertise in federal business development. He is the owner of Bayside Materials Technology, a company established in 1993 to help clients leverage government funding with private capital. Clients range from Small Business, Academia, Non-Profits, Investment Firms, and Large Corporations. He currently serves as the Technical Director for the US Advanced Ceramics Association. Freitag has a technical background with a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. Freitag served in various management and engineering roles while employed by Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, and Ford Motor Company. He received several awards while at Lockheed Martin for his contributions to military systems. He has published and presented over sixty papers in advanced materials, issued several patents, organized and chaired numerous technical sessions at national meetings, and participated in various government panels in support of the advanced materials industry.


Hideo Hosono,Tokyo Institute of Technology


Biography: Hosono received his PhD in Applied Chemistry from Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan in 1982 and became a professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1999. So far, he has served as the project leader of JST, ERATO “Hosono Transparent Electro-active Materials” and MEXT COE21″ Nanomaterials Cultivation for Industrial Collaboration”. In 1995, he proposed a material design concept of Transparent Amorphous Oxide Semiconductors (TAOS) as a novel class of amorphous semiconductors based on consideration of chemical bonding in 1995, and published a high performance, flexible TFTs using amorphous In-Ga-Zn-O (IGZO), a TAOS material. Mass production of IGZO-TFTs for high resolution LED-displays, such as iPad started from this year. Hosono is an inventor of a new class of superconductors, as well as a pioneer of transparent oxide semiconductors. He succeeded in converting 12CaO•7Al2O3, a cement constituent, from insulator to superconductor via metal by tailoring the crystal structure, and reported discovery of a high Tc iron-based superconductors in February 2008, which has rekindled hot superconductor research because iron, a representative magnetic ion, was believed to be the last element for superconductivity. This paper was the most cited paper in the world in 2008 and ranked in the breakthrough of the year 2008 selected by the Science Magazine. He is the author or coauthors of ~ 800 refereed ISI journal papers (total citation ~26,000), ~150 patents, and 10 books and has received many awards including Otto-Schott Research Award (1990), W.H.Zachariasen Award (1995), Bernd T.Matthias Prize (2009), Medal with purple ribbon (2009), and Jan Raychman Prize (2011).





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