TMS Director/Chair, Member & Student Development
Associate Professor, Colorado School of Mines
02/01/2015 - 04/01/2018
Amy J. Clarke is a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in the Materials Science and Technology - Metallurgy Group (MST-6). Clarke currently focuses on making, measuring, and modeling metals during solidification. In 2012, Clarke was awarded a prestigious five year U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences Early Career Research Program Award and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Clarke earned her B.S. degree from Michigan Technological University (MTU) in 2000 and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 2002 and 2006, respectively, from the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in metallurgical and materials engineering. She was MTU's recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Young Alumni Award and received the 2007 Willy Korf Award for Young Excellence for her Ph.D. research at CSM on novel thermal processing to create advanced high-strength sheet steels for automotive applications. Clarke joined LANL in 2006 as a G.T. Seaborg Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, characterizing shape memory effect deformation structures and microstructural development in uranium alloys. From 2008 to 2009, she was a senior engineer, Development/Research at Caterpillar Inc., developing alloying and heat-treating strategies for steels requiring toughness and wear performance.
Clarke is active in TMS, the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), and the Los Alamos Chapter of ASM International. She is the past chair of the TMS Phase Transformations Committee and the Membership and Student Development Committee, and a member of the Materials Processing and Manufacturing Division Council and Solidification and Young Leaders Committees. Clarke is also the past chair of AIST's Metallurgy-Processing, Products, and Applications Technology Committee and served as AIST's Program Coordinating Committee Representative for Materials Science & Technology (MS&T'10). She regularly develops phase transformation-related programming for the annual MS&T and TMS meetings and provides career advice to students and young professionals during organized forums at these events. Clarke received the 2013 TMS/Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) Young Leader International Scholar Award, the 2010 TMS/Japan Institute of Metals (JIM) Young Leader International Scholar Award, and a 2008 TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award. Clarke serves as a key reader for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A and is on the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports, hosted on nature.com.