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Conference Chair

Steven J. Zinkle, University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

Steve ZinkleSteve Zinkle is a UTK/ORNL Governor’s Chair Professor in the Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering Departments at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), with a joint appointment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Prior to 2013, he served in a variety of management and technical R&D roles at ORNL including Chief Scientist of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate and director of the Materials Science and Technology Division. Much of his research has utilized materials science to explore fundamental physical phenomena that are important for advanced nuclear energy applications, focusing on microstructure-property relationships. His research interests include deformation and fracture mechanisms in structural materials, advanced manufacturing, and investigation of radiation effects in ceramics, fuel systems, and metallic alloys for fission and fusion energy systems. He received a BS and PhD in Nuclear Engineering and an MS in Materials Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and serves on the National Academies’ National Materials & Manufacturing Board.