TMS Past President
Division Leader, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Ellen K. Cerreta is division leader, Materials Science and Technology, at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Prior to this position, she was deputy division leader for the Explosive Science and Shock Physics Division at LANL, where she worked to implement strategy for the development and certification of high explosives (HE) for the stockpile which entails coordination over multiple organizations and programs within the lab. Cerreta also serves as HE safety program manager at LANL, requiring strong partnership across program and support organizations to enable compliant and safe, moderate, and high hazard operations. Since coming to LANL, she has examined the correlation of microstructure to mechanical response of metals and alloys, with the support of the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, the Weapons Program, and Laboratory Directed Research and Development. Her research has had a focus on material behavior in dynamic loading environments. Cerreta is also an adjunct faculty member in The Institute of Shock Physics at Washington State University.
Cerreta earned her bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia and a master's and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2006, she was the TMS Young Leaders International Scholar to the Japan Institute of Metals and Materials. In 2013, she was named a TMS Brimacombe Medalist. Most recently, in 2016, she became a Fellow of ASM International.
As a TMS member since 1997, Cerreta has coorganized several TMS symposia and has served as a member of the Mechanical Behavior of Materials and Titanium Committees. She has served on the TMS Board of Directors twice, first as Membership & Student Development Director and, most recently, as Structural Materials Division Director. She is the author or co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and one book chapter.