Shen J. Dillon is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California Irvine. He received his B.S. and Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from Lehigh University in 2007.  He began as an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009 and joined the faculty at UC Irvine in 2021.

His scientific interests relate to understanding the role of inorganic interfacial structure-property relationships in affecting the performance of systems in extreme environments.  Much of his recent work relates to developing and applying novel in situ characterization techniques that can be applied to understanding the dynamic properties of materials and their interfaces.  He is the author of over 100 articles.

He was a recipient of the 2011 Department of Energy Early Career Award, the 2013 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the 2015 American Ceramic Society’s Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars.

He has been active in the ACerS Basic Science Division and organizing related programing at ACerS meetings.  He has also been involved in ACerS lead efforts to promote Ceramics Education and Diversity and Inclusion within the field.