Saryu Fensin
TMS Director/Chair, Functional Materials Division
Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory
03/25/2023 - 03/19/2026

Saryu Fensin is a scientist and team leader in the quasi-static and dynamic loading team within the material science and technology division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Davis.

She has been a TMS member since 2010 and has helped organize multiple symposia at TMS annual meetings, like the Dynamic Behavior of Materials Symposium, the Deformation and Transitions at Grain Boundaries Symposium, and the Hume-Rothery Symposium. Additionally, she has led special topic JOM issues as a guest editor related to some of these symposia. She has also served as chair for the TMS Young Professionals, Professional Development, and the Mechanical Behavior of Materials Committees. Additionally, she has served as an active representative/member on functional committees like the Programming; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Public and Governmental Affairs Committees. She was the chair and TMS representative to the Program Coordinating Committee for the Materials Science & Technology 2021 technical meeting and exhibition. She has been the vice-chair of the Functional Materials Division (FMD) since 2020.

In addition to her service to TMS, she is a recognized authority in the area of dynamic behavior of materials specifically related to metals and alloys. Her research has especially focused on the role of heterogeneities and defects on failure in metals and alloys. She has also been recognized for her leadership through multiple awards and accolades, which include the TMS FMD Young Leaders Award in 2014, the Young Leaders International Scholar Award with the Japan Institute of Metals and Materials in 2016, and the AIME Robert Lansing Hardy Award for her insights into the role of grain boundaries in damage in failure in 2019.