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 (summer 2018- summer 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 (term: summer 2020- summer 2022)

Heather Lowers
USGS
PO BOX 25046
Denver CO 80225
hlowers678-at-hotmail.com

Secretary (2018 – 2022)

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.

Directors (2018 – 2020)

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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 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 ‘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.

Andy
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.

Commercial Director (2018 – 2020)

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Patrick Camus
EDAX Inc.
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.

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.

Donovan Leonard

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

Director (2020 – 2022)

Michelle Thompson
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN
47907
Tel: 765-494-8677

Email: mthompson-at-purdue.edu

Michelle joined the faculty at Purdue University in August of 2018. Her research focuses on the study of returned samples from other planetary bodies such as the Moon and asteroids. She uses SEM, FIB, and TEM to study the microstructure and chemistry of planetary materials in order to understand their origin and evolution.

Michelle got her PhD in Planetary Science at the University of Arizona (Prof. Tom Zega) where she received the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship. After graduate school, she joined NASA Johnson Space Center as a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow (Dr. Lindsay Keller) before moving to Purdue. She has been awarded a NASA Early Career Fellowship, the Microanalysis Society Postdoctoral Scholar Award, the Joseph Goldstein Scholar Award, and was a Microanalysis Society Meeting Scholar. She is a member of the Microanalysis Society, the Microscopy Society of America, and the Meteoritical Society.

William J. Bowman
Assistant Professor
University of California, Irvine
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Calit2 3419
4100 E Peltason Dr., Irvine, CA 92617
will.bowman-at-uci.edu

Will joined the UCI faculty in April, 2019. His research focuses on understanding and developing oxide ceramics and nanomaterials for advanced electrochemical energy conversion and storage applications. The Bowman Lab performs materials synthesis, testing, and multiscale characterization primarily leveraging advanced electron microscopy.

He earned a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Arizona State University (Prof. Peter Crozier), before joining MIT at a Postdoctoral Associate in the Laboratory for Electrochemical Interfaces (Prof. Bilge Yildiz). During graduate school he was a Visiting PhD Student at ETH Zurich in the Electrochemical Materials Group (Prof. Jennifer Rupp).

He received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship, the NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide Award, the ASU Doctoral Enrichment Fellowship, and the Microscopy Society of America Presidential Scholar Award. He is a member of the Microscopy Society of America, the Microanalysis Society of America, the Materials Research Society and the National Society of Black Engineers.