Director, High Temperature Materials Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Edgar Lara-Curzio is a Distinguished Research Staff Member and the Leader of the Mechanical Properties & Mechanics Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He is also the Director of the High Temperature Materials Laboratory at ORNL. Lara-Curzio received a B.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics from the Metropolitan University in Mexico City and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY. His research work has been focused on the development and characterization of materials for power generation and for the transformation, transmission, storage and use of energy, and studying the effects of stress, temperature and environment on their physical and mechanical properties. Dr. Lara-Curzio has edited or co-edited sixteen books, authored or co-authored four book chapters and more than 210 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He is co-inventor of 3 U.S. patents. Lara-Curzio served as chairman of ASTM sub-committee C28.07 on Ceramic Matrix Composites from 1999 to 2006 and as chairman of the Engineering Ceramics Division of the American Ceramic Society for the period 2006-2007. He is currently serving as associate editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. Lara-Curzio has been the recipient of one R&D100 Award (2009), the Richard M. Fulrath (2003) and the Frederick Greaves Walker (2009) awards from the American Ceramic Society and the Advanced Ceramic Award (2002) and Award of Merit (2001) from ASTM International. Lara-Curzio is a member of Alpha Sigma Mu, the Metallurgical Honorary Society and is a fellow of ASTM International and the American Ceramic Society.