The Next Decade of the US Materials Genome Initiative

James A. Warren

1 Material Measurement Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

EXTENDED ABSTRACT: This The US Materials Genome Initiative has just begun its second decade. With a goal of accelerating the discovery, design, development, and deployment of new materials into manufactured products, the MGI is focused on the creation of a materials innovation infrastructure. My institution, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has framed its support for the MGI around the need for a data infrastructure that enables the rapid discovery of existing data and models, the tools to assess and improve the quality of those data, and finally the development of new methods and metrologies based on that data. In partnership with agencies across the US government, academia, and industry, these approaches are now yielding significant advances. Of particular note is the potential for machine learning and artificial intelligence applications upon these troves of data, which is now being borne out, and the vast consequent opportunities for new discoveries. Additionally, and in light of the many changes in how materials R&D is done, in November, 2021, the MGI released a new strategic plan, charting a plan for next 10 years of an evolving materials innovation infrastructure, which I will review in this lecture.

Brief Introduction of Speaker
James A. Warren

Dr. James A. Warren is the Director of the Materials Genome Program in the Material Measurement Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). After receiving his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1992 he took a position as a National Research Council post-doc in the Metallurgy Division at NIST. In 1995, with three other junior NIST staff members, he co-fbunded the NIST Center for Theoretical and Computational Materials Science, which he has directed since 2001. From 2005-2013 he was the Leader of the Thermodynamics and Kinetics Group. His research has been broadly concerned with developing both models of materials phenomena, and the tools to enable the solution of these models. Specific fbci over the years has included solidification, pattern formation, grain structures, creep, diffiision, wetting, and spreading in metals. In 2010-11, Dr. Warren was part of the ad hoc committee within the Office of Science and Technology Policy's National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) that crafted the fbxmding whitepaper on the Administration's Materials Genome Initiative (MGI). Since 2012, Dr. Warren has served as the Executive Secretary of the NSTC MGI Subcommittee, coordinating inter-agency efforts to achieve the goals laid out in the MGI. He is Fellow of the American Physical Society, ASM International, and the Metals, Minerals and Materials Society, forget to send this abstract to the secretariat as soon as possible..