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The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) has selected John Carpenter of LANL’s Metallurgy and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies groups and Nathan Mara of the Lab’s Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies group to receive a 2012 TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award.
The Society created the annual award to enhance the professional development of young people from the five technical divisions of TMS.
Awardees participate in Society activities, attend TMS conferences, network with Society members and leaders, receive mentoring from TMS division leaders, and serve as judges for division-sponsored student events at the TMS Annual Meeting.
Carpenter will receive the award from the TMS Extraction and Processing Division. He earned a doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering at Ohio State University. Carpenter joined LANL in 2010 as a postdoctoral researcher.
His research on the bulk fabrication and characterization of bimetallic laminar nanocomposites is associated with a LANL Energy Frontier Research Center (Center for Materials at Irradiation and Mechanical Extremes) and a Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project.
He serves as the communications chair for the Los Alamos Postdoctoral Association. Carpenter also is a member of the Nanomechanical Behavior and the Mechanical Behavior of Materials organizing committees for TMS. In addition, he is a member, session organizer, and the Journal of Minerals, Metals, and Materials representative for the Materials Characterization Organizing Committee for TMS.
Mara will receive the award from the Materials Processing and Manufacturing Division. He earned a doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California–Davis. In 2005, he joined the Lab as a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow, where he examined plastic flow behavior in laminar nanocomposites.
Since 2008, Mara has been a staff scientist. His research interests include the synthesis of bulk structural nanocomposites and interfacial effects on material performance at mechanical and radiation extremes.
Mara is the nanomechanical testing subject matter expert at CINT, the experimental project lead for the mechanical behaviors thrust in the Center for Materials at Irradiation and Mechanical Extremes (CMIME), and the experimental team lead for a Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project. Mara received the 2010 LANL Distinguished Mentor Performance Award for leading small teams of students, postdoctoral researchers, and staff.