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Lynnette D. Madsen

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Program Director

Program Responsibilities:
Ceramics (CER)
Crosscutting Activities 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 $200M+. During her tenure at NSF, she has grown the annual budget of the Ceramics Program from ~$6M to ~$11M and negotiated co-funding with other programs at NSF and other agencies to further increase her effective budget by more than 20%. She also leads Cross-Cutting Activities in Materials Research (which operates with an annual budget of ca. $3M). She has completed three assignments on detail at NSF: international efforts with Africa, 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. To date she has published more than 100 articles; been awarded three patents; and delivered more than 100 invited talks.

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.

Dr. Madsen is a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), American Vacuum Society (AVS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Washington Academy of Sciences (WAS), and is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She has also received awards from these organizations: ACerS Greaves-Walker Lifetime Service and Global Ambassador Awards, WAS Leadership in Science Award, and AVS Excellence in Leadership Recognition. NSF has recognized her efforts with two Director Awards, 13 Performance Awards and an Incentive Award for Timely Program Management. She has received alumni awards  a Professional Achievement Alumni Medal from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo and McMaster University's Alumni Gallery Award. Also, her accomplishments have been recognized by the 2018 ASM International - The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Distinguished Lectureship in Materials and Society, 2018 Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Betty Vetter Award for Research, 2018 Women in Technology (WIT) Leadership Award, 2017 inaugural Materials Research Society (MRS) Impact Award, 2017 District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies (DCCEAS) Engineer of the Year Award, 2016 TMS Ellen Swallow Richards Diversity Award, 2015 Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity, 2013 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Junipero Serra Award, and 1993 MRS Presentation Award. 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. Previously, she served as a panelist for the National Research Council at the National Academies, and as Trustee for AVS.

Additional Current Responsibilities FY 2018 (Oct. 2017 to Sept. 2018):

* Chair, Division of Materials Research (DMR) Diversity and Education Activities Working Group, since 2014
* NSF Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Group, 2017-2019
* DMR Program Assessment Working Group, 2015-2018
* MRS New Publications Products Subcommittee, 2015-2018
* MRS Feature Editor, 2018
* Editorial Board, Materials Today, since 2017
* Organizer, 2019 AAAS Symp.: Microgravity Research transcending Time, Space, and Materials, Washington, DC

Recent Responsibilities:

* 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

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).