Altaf H. Carim
US Department of Energy
Office of Science, Program Manager
Dr. Carim has overseen the development and operations of a number of major scientific user facilities supported by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) at the Department of Energy (DOE), including five Nanoscale Science Research Centers and three Electron Beam Microcharacterization Centers. He represented DOE on the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council – the interagency body responsible for the NNI – from 2002 through 2010, and co-chaired that body from 2006 to 2009. He currently leads the BES team that manages the Energy Frontier Research Centers, major research collaborations started in August 2009 that focus on the long term basic research needed to overcome roadblocks to revolutionary energy technologies.
Dr. Carim entered Federal service in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences at DOE in September 2001. Prior to joining the Scientific User Facilities Division in October 2005, he was a program manager in the Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering with primary responsibility for activities in the structure and composition of materials. Before joining DOE, Dr. Carim was on the faculty at The Pennsylvania State University (in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and as Chair of the Electronic and Photonic Materials program. He was a faculty member at the University of New Mexico and had prior research posts and activities at the Philips Natuurkundig Laboratorium in The Netherlands, Philips Research Laboratories Sunnyvale, Bell Laboratories, and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. He also was a visiting investigator at the Carnegie Institution of Washington during a year-long sabbatical.
Dr. Carim’s primary scientific expertise is in microstructural and microchemical characterization of materials, with research contributions in a variety of areas, including semiconductor interfaces, superconducting and ferroelectric oxide thin films and ceramics, crystal structure determination, crystalline defects, joining of ceramics and composites, development of anisotropic microstructures, electron holography, and morphology of nanoparticles and nanowires. He has authored or coauthored over 85 research publications in these areas and has given over 100 conference, seminar, and other presentations. He has been active in numerous professional societies, organized a number of technical meetings and symposia, and held editorial roles with several journals. His awards and honors include recognition as an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator, receipt of an AIST Foreign Researcher Invitation to lecture in Japan, and participation in the project teams recognized with several of the Secretary of Energy’s Project Management Excellence Awards.
Education: Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 1989
M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 1984
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982