Executive Council

The Executive Council consists of the elected representatives of the membership. According to the Dec, 2018 revision of the by-laws, “The Executive Council shall be composed of eleven (11) members: six Directors, one Commercial Director, and the following officers, the President, the President-Elect or Past-President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer.”

President (2018-2020)


Rhonda Stroud
Nanoscale Materials Section
Materials Science and Technology Division
Naval Research Laboratory
4555 Overlook Ave SW
Washington, DC 20375
Tel: 202-404-4143
Email: rhonda.stroud-at-nrl.navy.mil

Rhonda joined MAS in 2005. She has served MAS in multiple roles, as a Tour Speaker (2006,2017-), as a Director (2012-2014), as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee (2014-2017), and as President-Elect (2017-2018). She holds degrees in physics from Cornell (A.B. ’91) and Washington University in St. Louis (Ph.D. ’96). Her research expertise is in the coordinated analysis of synthetic and natural nanoscale materials, using electron, ion, and X-ray beam methods. As head of Nanoscale Materials Section at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, she maintains the DoD’s most advanced electron microscopy facility for basic research, including a Nion UltraSTEM 200-X and a JEOL 2200FS. Ongoing projects in her group include investigation of the cosmic recycling of dust from ancient stars into new solar systems and the development of functionalized nanomaterials for sensor and renewable energy applications. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Meteoritical Society. Asteroid 8468Rhondastroud was named by the IAU in her honor for her contributions to the understanding of planetary materials.

President-Elect (2020-2022)

Heather Lowers
12296 W 34th Pl
Wheat Ridge CO 80033

Secretary (2018-2019)


Chad Parish
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Materials Science and Technology Division
Oak Ridge, TN, USA, 37831
Tel: (865) 574 0092
E-mail: parishcm-at-ornl.gov

Chad Parish holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University (2006), and previously was a post-doctoral scholar at Sandia National Laboratories (2007-2009). He is now a Research and Development Staff Member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2009-present). His research interests include the use of analytical TEM, STEM, and SEM to solve problems in nuclear materials and materials for extreme environments.

Treasurer (2017-2020)

Elaine Schumacher
Elaine Schumacher
1604 W. Canterbury Court
Arlington Heights, IL 60004-2304
Tel: 847-287-5174
E-mail: efschumach-at-gmail.com

Elaine Schumacher now works as an independent consultant in electron microscopy, following a 36-year career in the industry. She spent 15 years as a Senior Research Scientist at McCrone Associates. In her role as an analytical consultant there, she used AEM and SEM to characterize a wide variety of materials, with an emphasis on small particle analysis. She served as an expert witness in civil cases involving materials identification and taught a TEM short course for the Hooke College of Applied Sciences. Elaine also worked for 21 years at UOP, where her microscopy experience included the use of dedicated STEM, TEM, and VP-SEM to study zeolites and supported metal catalysts for petroleum refining processes. While working as a research scientist at UOP, Elaine was named as a co-inventor on several patents. Elaine served for 10 years in various offices on the Executive Council of the Midwest Microscopy and Microanalysis Society and was a Director on the MAS Executive Council prior to being elected to her current post as MAS Treasurer.

Director (2017-2019)

Emma Bullock
Geophysical Laboratory
Carnegie Institution of Washington
E-mail: ebullock-at-carnegiescience.edu

Emma Bullock is a Microbeam Specialist at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. Emma’s current role is to operate and maintain Carnegie’s new JEOL 8530F electron probe, which is equipped with 5 WDS spectrometers, 2 EDS detectors, and the xCLent hyperspectral system. Emma specializes in quantitative analysis, high-resolution imaging, and CL imaging. She has been involved in a diverse range of high-profile research projects at Carnegie, including thermobarometry of terrestrial granites, analysis of meteoritic samples, analysis of super-deep diamonds and their inclusions, the quest for samples that reflect life’s origins, and material science projects designed to search for new semiconductors. Before moving to Carnegie, Emma worked as a geologist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, where she studied primitive meteorites, specializing in the earliest solids that formed in our solar system. Emma has been involved in the Lehigh Microscopy School since 2016.

Director (2017-2019)

Roseann Csencsits
6705 Vallecitos Road
Sunol, CA 94586
Tel: 925-862-4345
E-mail: rcsencsits-at-belcan.com

Roseann directs the application of quantitative analytical techniques to characterize materials of scientific and technological interest for Belcan Vallecitos Laboratories. She has contributed to studies in diverse fields from structural biology as supervisor of the TEM Facility for Ken Downing at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to a variety of materials research efforts as the HREM instrument scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Roseann has been a member of MAS since 1987.

Director (2018-2020)

Anette von der Handt
Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota
John T. Tate Hall
116 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: (612) 624-7370
E-mail: avdhandt-at-umn.edu

Anette von der Handt runs the Electron Microprobe Laboratory at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where she just acquired a new JEOL JXA8530FPlus with an SXES detector. She received her Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany, in 2008, studying rocks from the Arctic ocean by EPMA and SIMS. This was followed by a Post-doc at the University of Hawaii and an assistant professor position at the University of Freiburg. Anette has worked on many aspects of micro-analytical methods with a recent focus on trace element and ultra-light element (C, O, N) analysis as well as developing strategies for the analysis of beam-sensitive materials.
Anette has been a MAS member since 2012, is a co-initiator and leader-elect of the joint MAS-MSA FIG MicroAnalytical Standards (figmas.org), co-organized various micro-analytically focused sessions at AGU 2014, M&M 2017 and 2018 as well as the MAS topical conferences ‘EPMA 2016’ and the upcoming ‘QMA 2019’. She is also the administrator of the JEOL probeusers listserv, moderator and contributor at various micro-analytically focused online forums and trains other EPMA users and lab managers in the use of Probe-for-EPMA and micro-analytical methods.

Director (2018-2020)

Andrew Herzing
National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8371
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8371
Tel: +1 301 975 2860
Fax: +1 301 417 1321
Email: andrew.herzing-at-nist.gov

Andrew Herzing received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Lehigh University under the supervision of Professor Christopher Kiely. During this period he was awarded the George P. Conard award for Outstanding Graduate Student. He then spent two years as a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD, where he is now a staff scientist in the Material Measurement Laboratory. Andrew’s research is centered on the quantitative structural and chemical characterization of small volumes of material using electron microscopy techniques. In particular, he is currently focused on the characterization of organic composites, developing quantitative methods for three-dimensional characterization of materials using tomographic techniques, and the measurement of surface plasmon resonance behavior in individual nanostructures. He has contributed to over 70 peer-reviewed publications and three book chapters in a wide variety of fields involving electron microscopy. In 2017, Andrew was presented with the K. F. J. Heinrich award from the Microanalysis Society.

Director (2019-2021)

Abby Lindstrom

Abigail Lindstrom
National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8371
Gaitherburg, MD 20899-8371
Tel: +1 301 975 5172
Email: abigail.lindstrom-at-nist.gov

Abigail Lindstrom received a degree in chemistry from the University of Maryland in 1992.
In 1997, she joined the NIST Analytical Chemistry Division where she was central to the certification of NIST Single Element Spectrometric Solution SRMs and multi-element mixes using ICP-OES.
In 2001, she moved to the NIST Surface and Microanalysis Science Division, where she is involved in sample preparation for analysis by a variety of techniques including EPMA, TEM, FIB, XRF, Raman, SIMS, and SEM-EDS. She also analyzes samples using SEM-EDS and Light Microscopy.

Director (2019-2021)

Donovan Leonard

Donovan Leonard
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Email: leonarddn-at-ornl.gov

Commercial Director (2018-2020)

Patrick Camus
Director of Engineering
91 McKee Drive
Mahwah, NJ, 07430 USA
Tel: 201-529-6252
Email: Patrick.Camus-at-ametek.com

Patrick received a BS in 1981 (University of Pittsburgh) and a Ph.D. in 1986 (University of Pittsburgh), all in Materials Science and Engineering. He joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN) as a post-doctoral scholar from 1986-1988. He worked at NBS/NIST (Gaithersburg, MD) from 1988-1990, moved to University of Wisconsin-Madison as Research Faculty with Thomas Kelly from 1990-1997. He worked for NORAN Instruments, now Thermo Fisher Scientific, as Applications Scientist from 1997-2013 in Madison, WI. He moved to EDAX (Mahwah, NJ) in 2013, now working as the Director of Engineering. He received the Erwin Mueller Young Scientist Award in 1988 from IFES. He has helped organize 3 IFES meetings and was the Sponsorship Director of IUMAS-6. Patrick had vast experience in applying APFIM to materials characterization of phase transformations on the nanometer scale. He then moved into EDS, WDS, and EBSD to assist customers with microanalysis characterization on a wide variety of inorganic materials. He now directs all of the microanalysis product development at EDAX.