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Kristin A. Bennett

Kristin A. Bennett

Program Manager for DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers (NSRCs)
Department of Energy, US

Dr. Kristin A. Bennett joined DOE’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences in November 2002 as the program manager for the DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers (NSRCs). Currently, Dr. Bennett is responsible for managing three NSRCs (the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory , the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory, and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory) as well as the design and construction activities for the following state-of-the-art x-ray and neutron instrumentation: the Spallation Neutron Scattering Source Instruments for Next Generation (SING) I and SING II projects and the Linac Coherent Light Source Ultrafast Science Instruments (LUSI) projects.\nAs a member of the U. S. National Science and Technology Council’s subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET) for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), Dr. Bennett represents DOE in NNI activities and is an invited editor for Nanotech Briefs Editorial Advisory Board. Prior to joining DOE, Dr. Bennett was at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) where she was the project manager who led the design, construction, and operations of the world class time-of-flight High Pressure Preferred Orientation (HIPPO) neutron diffractometer for state-of-the-art in situ bulk materials characterization at the atomic scale and the study of lattice preferred orientation in polycrystalline materials.

Dr. Bennett earned her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in Geology and her B.S. from Trinity College in Mechanical Engineering. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the GeoForschungsZentrum in Potsdam Germany (1994-1995) and at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1995-1997) where she became a Technical Staff Member in 1997. She has conducted research in a broad range of scientific disciplines including geology and geophysics, high-pressure materials sciences, x-ray and neutron scattering, strength of materials, polycrystalline plasticity, and materials anisotropy. She has conducted experiments on a wide variety of materials such as metal matrix composites, thin films, advanced engineering alloys (polycrystalline Be, Ta, Steel, SiC/Ti, Pu, U), amorphous materials, geomaterials (olivine, peridotites, ice, biominerals, shungite) using experiment and theoretical techniques, and she has published over 50 papers and conference proceedings.

For her work, Dr. Bennett has received the honors of Fellow at the University of California Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, the Los Alamos Award of Excellence for significant contributions to the Stockpile Stewardship Program, the Los Alamos Certificate of Appreciation, the Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, along with the National Science Foundation’s “Women in Engineering” Fellowship. She has served a President of the Society of Women Engineers Trinity Chapter (1988-1989), and as Secretary for the New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering. Dr. Bennett is presently a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Materials Research Society, and the Neutron Scattering Society of America. She is a volunteer and spokesperson for science outreach programs, and most recently, she helped the Strange Matter exhibition reveal the amazing worlds of materials sciences (www.strangematterexhibit.com).  Kristin is also an avid runner and clogger.


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