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Lynnette D. Madsen

(703) 292-4936
(703) 292-9035
E 9469
Program Director

Program Responsibilities:
Ceramics (CER)
Crosscutting Activities Program in Materials Research (XC)


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 $190M+. 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%. She also leads the Cross-Cutting Activities in Materials Research. 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, commercialization, 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 from McMaster University.

To date she has published more than 100 journal, conference and magazine articles; been awarded three patents; and delivered more than 100 invited scientific or professional talks. NSF has recognized her efforts with two Director Awards, 12 Performance Awards and an Incentive Award for Timely Program Management. As well, her accomplishments have been recognized by the following: inaugural Materials Research Society (MRS) Impact Award, Fellow of the American Vacuum Society (AVS) and Fellow of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS),  Ellen Swallow Richards Diversity Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity from Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), Excellence in Leadership Recognition from AVS, Junipero Serra Award from the the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Professional Achievement Alumni Medal from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Senior Member of IEEE, and Presentation Award from MRS. She currently serves as an Advisory Board member for the Rosalind Franklin Society and on ACerS' Board of Directors; the latter activity is carried out on her personal time. She has served as a panelist for the National Research Council at the National Academies, and as Trustee for AVS.

Additional Responsibilities FY 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018):
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), 2015-2018
Co/Chair, Nanotechnology Innovation and Commercialization Ecosystem (NICE) Working Group of the NSET subcommittee, 2016-2018
Chair, Division of Materials Research (DMR) Diversity and Education Activities Working Group, since 2014
DMR Program Assessment Working Group, 2015-2018
MRS New Publications Products Subcommittee, 2015-2018
Editorial Board, Materials Today, 2017
Organizer (personal time), SWE panel, Nov. 9, 2017 at George Washington University (
Organizer, AAAS Symp.: Materials Research for Manufacturing: Lessons from Industry on Creating New Products, Feb. 2018 in Austin, TX (

Recent Responsibilities:
Co-Chair, DMR Mentoring Working Group, 2016-2017
Advisor, American Vacuum Society (AVS) Young Professionals Council, 2017
Co-Chair, AVS Focus Topic, Sustainability and Critical Materials, 2016-2017
DMR contact, MPS Graduate Research Supplement for Veterans (MPS-GRSV), 2014-2017
DMR contact, Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) - Graduate Research Supplements (GRS) activity, 2012-2017
Chair, Mathematical and Physical Sciences Working Group for Broadening Participation, member since 2007, chair 2016-2017

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 ( (2010).