Creating the Next-Generation Materials Genome Initiative Workforce

The Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) is a multi-agency initiative from the U.S. government that was designed to support and accelerate the design, development, and deployment of advanced materials. Creating the Next-Generation Materials Genome Initiative Workforce aims to address one of the four key goals of the 2014 MGI Strategic Plan: “creating a world-class materials-science and engineering workforce that is trained for careers in academia or industry.”

The final report will address the current state of the academic curriculum and training approaches of the U.S. workforce to accomplish MGI goals, identify the key MGI skill requirements and needs for individuals entering the workforce, and outline curricula development and training guidelines to improve readiness of current students and the existing professional workforce. The report will draw on the outputs of meetings and workshops with subject matter experts and provide detailed, actionable recommendations. This study is being conducted by TMS on behalf of the U.S. National Science Foundation (DMR #1840716).

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Meet the Study Team
David McDowell, Study Team Chair
Regents’ Professor and Carter N. Paden, Jr. Distinguished Chair in Metals Processing
Georgia Institute of Technology
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Kevin Anderson
Senior Technical Fellow
Brunswick Corporation
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Raymundo Arroyave
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University
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Mark Asta
Director, Materials Sciences Division
Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory
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Allison Beese
Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering
Penn State University
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Stefano Curtarolo
Director of the Center for Materials Genomics
Duke University
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Matt Earnest
Research Faculty and Director, Center for High Performance Manufacturing
Virginia Tech
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Will Joost
Principal Materials Engineer
Pratt & Whitney
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Aaron Gilad Kusne
Staff Scientist
National Institute of Standards and Technology
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Michele Manuel
Department Chair, Materials Science and Engineering
University of Florida
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Rampi Ramprasad
Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in the School of Materials Science & Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
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George Rodriguez
Associate Chemist & Data Scientist
ExxonMobil Chemical
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Xin Sun
Director, Energy and Transportation Science Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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Katsuyo Thornton
L.H. and F.E. Van Vlack Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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Cathy Tway
Technology Applications Director for Catalyst Technologies
Johnson Matthey
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Peter Voorhees
Frank C. Engelhart Professor of Materials Science
Northwestern University
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