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Lynnette D. Madsen

Lynnette D. Madsen
Email:  lmadsen@nsf.gov
Phone: (703) 292-4936
Fax: (703) 292-9035
Room: 1065 N
Organization:   (DMR)
Title:  Program Director
Website: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/F-8323-2012

Program Responsibilities:
Ceramics (CER)
NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research in BIO, ENG & MPS (NSF-NIST)
Office of Special Programs in Materials Research
Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)


Dr. Lynnette D. Madsen has worked at the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a Program Director since 2000. She has been directly responsible for more than 500 awards totaling $165M+. During her tenure at NSF, she has grown the annual budget of the Ceramics Program from ~$6M to ~$11M and negotiated co-funding from other programs at NSF and other agencies to further increase her effective budget by more than 20%. Accordingly, the number of active awards (at any given time) has increased from about 100 to 150. She also has responsibilities in the Office of Special Programs in Materials Research for education and broadening participation. She has completed three detail assignments at NSF dealing with international efforts with Africa, increasing the advancement of women in academic careers, and strategic human capital analysis and planning. She has led new co-operative activities with European researchers in materials; been part of the driving force in program development and initiatives in nanotechnology, manufacturing, sustainability, education, and diversity; and has an active independent research program.

Her research includes epitaxial and pseudomorphic film growth and characterization, combinatorial nanomaterials science applied to perpendicular magnetic recording media, contact formation to silicon carbide, and the characterization of nanoscale graphite intercalation compounds. From 1999-2002, she held a visiting/adjunct faculty position at Carnegie Mellon University. Before working at NSF, she held a faculty position at Linköping University in Sweden where she was promoted to Docent (Associate Professor), and previously she held post-doctoral positions at both Linköping University and the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Earlier in her career, she spent a decade working in industry at Nortel Networks in Canada. She has enjoyed support from industry (ABB, Siemens and Nortel Networks) for her research and consulting. Her qualifications include a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, an M.Eng. in Electronics from Carleton University, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from McMaster University.

To date she has published more than 90 journal, conference and magazine articles; been awarded two patents; and delivered more than 95 invited scientific or professional talks. NSF has recognized her efforts with two Director Awards, 10 Performance Awards and an Incentive Award for Timely Program Management. As well, her accomplishments have been recognized with election to Fellow of The American Ceramic Society (2015), the Ellen Swallow Richards Diversity Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) (2016), a Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity from Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) (2015), an Excellence in Leadership Recognition from the American Vacuum Society (AVS) (2014), the Junipero Serra Award from the the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) (2013), the Professional Achievement Alumni Medal from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo (2013), and a Presentation Award from the Materials Research Society (MRS) (1993). She has served as a panelist for the National Research Council at the National Academies, and currently serves as an Advisory Board member for the Rosalind Franklin Society and as a Trustee for AVS.


2016 (in addition to programmatic responsibilities above)

  • Chair, Division of Materials Research (DMR) Diversity and Education Activities Working Group, since 2014
  • Directorate representative on the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee - a Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Committee on Technology, under the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), since 2015
  • Member, DMR International Working Group, since 2015
  • Member, DMR Portfolio Assessment Working Group, since 2015
  • Member, Mathematical and Physical Sciences Working Group for Broadening Participation, since 2007
  • DMR contact, Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) - Graduate Research Supplements (GRS) activity, since 2012
  • DMR contact, MPS Graduate Research Supplement for Veterans (MPS-GRSV), since 2014
  • Advisory Board, Rosalind Franklin Society, since 2008

BOOKS, BOOK CHAPTERS and SECTIONS (see ResearcherID link above for articles)

  • L.D. Madsen and E.B. Svedberg (Eds.), Materials Research for Manufacturing: An Industrial Perspective of Turning Materials into New Products, Springer Series in Materials Science, Vol. 22; ISBN: 978-3-319-23418-2 (hardcover) and 978-3-319-23419-9 (electronic) (2016).
  • L.D. Madsen (Author), Successful Women Ceramic and Glass Scientists and Engineers: 100 Inspirational Profiles, Wiley, ISBN: 978-1-118-73360-8 (2016).
  • C. Mavriplis and L.D. Madsen, "Possible Benefits for Workshop Organizers" book chpt. in FORWARD to Professorship in STEM: Inclusive Faculty Development Strategies That Work, Elsevier, ISBN: 978-0-12-800855-3, (2015).
  • invited L.D. Madsen and C. Mavriplis, "Speakers Find Value in Workshop Participation" book chpt. in FORWARD to Professorship in STEM: Inclusive Faculty Development Strategies That Work, Elsevier, ISBN: 978-0-12-800855-3, (2015).
  • L.D. Madsen, "New Paradigms in Nanoceramics" §3.8.5 in Nanotechnology Long-term Impacts and Research Directions: 2000-2020, Springer (http://www.wtec.org/nano2/) (2010).

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