Trends and Opportunities in Future Federally Funded Research 2

Live Event: Thursday, June 2, 2022

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U.S. government agencies provide critical funding support for research and development (R&D) within materials science and engineering (MS&E) and manufacturing-related domains. In this webinar, a roundtable discussion will highlight some key opportunities and trends associated with federally funded R&D in these domains, including some opportunities in which interdisciplinary collaboration and activities are beneficial. A panel of program officers from three federal agencies has been assembled to offer insights and answer questions.

This is the second iteration of this webinar. Learn more about the panelists from the first TMS webinar on this topic and view the on-demand recording.

What You Will Experience

  • Learn about some trends and opportunities for federally funded research
  • Gain insight from questions asked to a panel of program officers from three federal agencies: Department of Energy, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Office of Naval Research
  • Receive focused feedback on trends and opportunities associated with materials and manufacturing R&D


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About the Speakers

Philseok Kim

Program Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), Department of Energy
"Materials and Structures for Extreme Conditions – Development, Manufacturing, Testing, and Commercialization"

Philseok Kim is a program director at ARPA-E with a focus on functional materials and composites, engineered surfaces and structures that enable and accelerate electrification and decarbonization of energy infrastructure with high energy-efficiency, resilience, and low carbon emissions. He is currently directing the ULTIMATE and HITEMMP programs as well as projects in the area of direct air capture, topology optimization, and novel magnetic materials for electric motors and transformers. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Kim co-founded Adaptive Surface Technologies, Inc. leveraging ARPA-E-funded SLIPS projects and launching commercial products such as fouling-resistant and fuel-saving ship hull coatings. He also co-led SLIPS project at Harvard University to improve the energy efficiency of refrigerators by reducing frost formation and defrost time. Kim has 12 years of experience in petrochemicals, polymers, and coatings industry. Raised in South Korea, he received both a B.S. and M.S. from Seoul National University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Kim has published over 40 papers in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and holds over 40 issued patents in surface functionalization, materials for organic field-effect transistors, adaptive optical materials, and slippery surfaces.

Ming-Jen Pan

Program Officer, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
"Materials Funding Opportunities at AFOSR"

Ming-Jen Pan currently serves as the Program Officer of the Aerospace Composite Materials Program, Engineering and Information Sciences Branch, Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Pan began his public service career in 2004 when he joined the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to manage research activities in electronic ceramics and rapid prototyping. During his tenure at NRL, Pan was also detailed to the Office of Naval Research from 2007-2014 to help manage the Acoustic Transduction Materials program, for which he coordinated with various universities and companies on the research of piezoelectric crystal-based SONAR transducers. In 2014, Pan accepted a Science Director position with ONR Global-Tokyo to build collaborative relationship with Asia-Pacific countries in advanced science and technology that are of potential interest to the U.S. Department of Defense. At ONR Global, he managed numerous materials science projects including low dimensional materials, piezoelectric materials, composite materials, energy storage materials, and additive manufacturing. Pan received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2019 for his work at ONR Global. Pan graduated from National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan with a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He came to the United States in 1989 and earned his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics with a minor in Ceramics from the Pennsylvania State University in 1994. Pan’s graduate research focused on the structure-property relations in ceramic matrix composites.

Jennifer Wolk

Naval Materials S&T Division Director, Office of Naval Research

Jennifer Wolk is the Naval Materials S&T Division Director at the Office of Naval Research. Prior to joining the Office of Naval Research in 2015, Wolk was a senior engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division. In addition to technical research for non-ferrous naval alloys, she supported technical development and assessment of manufacturing technology for use on Naval platforms, such as friction stir welding. Her background also includes expertise in non-ferrous metallurgy, microstructural simulation and characterization, arc welding, friction stir welding/processing, cold spray/thermal spray processes, and advanced manufacturing. As a program officer, Wolk's portfolio focused on additive manufacturing materials and processes to support Naval applications. She received her B.S. from Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Maryland, College Park.

George Spanos (Moderator)

Director, New Initiatives, Science, and Engineering Department, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society

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