Kyle Brinkman is the chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. Brinkman received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in 1998 and a Master of Science in materials science and engineering in 2000, both from Clemson. He graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland with a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering in 2004. Brinkman then served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute in Japan as part of a program sponsored by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science from 2005-2007. He later worked as a principal engineer in the Science and Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Lab from 2007-2014. Brinkman joined Clemson as an associate professor in 2014.

He has authored or co-authored more than 120 peer-reviewed technical publications and government reports, five patents and currently serves as an editor for the Journal of Materials Science by Springer Nature Publishing and Co-director of Clemson’s Nuclear NEESRWM “Nuclear Environmental Engineering Sciences and Radioactive Waste Management Center and a National Energy Technology Lab (DOE-NETL) ORISE Faculty Fellow. He was the recipient of the DOE-NE Fuel Cycle Research and Development (FCR&D) Early Career Researcher Award (2013) the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) Young Leader International Scholar Award (2015), the TMS Brimacombe Medalist Award (2020), the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers, ACerS/NICE Karl Schwartzwalder-Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering (PACE) Award (2015) and was elected a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) in 2020.