Board of Directors

Adam Rondinone

Adam Rondinone (Past Chair)
Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Phone: 865.574.5035

Dr. Adam Rondinone is the co-Director of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prior to joining CINT, Adam was a senior staff scientist and Outreach Coordinator at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001, and immediately joined Oak Ridge as a prestigious Wigner Fellow. He is an expert on materials chemistry at the nanoscale and his research is focused on developing novel means to create functional nanomaterials for energy applications. Recent work has explored nanostructured electrochemical catalysts for the green conversion of carbon dioxide and nitrogen into useful products. He has served on various committees in service to ORNL, is currently chairman of the ORNL Institutional Review Board on Advanced Materials, and spent two years as a Legislative Fellow in the office of Senator Lamar Alexander working on energy and technology issues. Dr. Rondinone has published approximately 100 peer-reviewed publications and 9 patents.

Jason Benedict

Jason Benedict (Chair)
University at Buffalo
Phone: 716.645.4276

Jason received his BS in Chemistry from Arizona State University in 2001 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2007 from the University of Washington working under Professor Bart Kahr where he received training in crystal optics and X-ray diffraction. In 2008, Jason began his post-doctoral studies at the University at Buffalo under the guidance of Professor Philip Coppens that involved time-resolved X-ray diffraction. Jason began his independent career in the Department of Chemistry at the University at Buffalo in 2011 and currently holds the rank of Associate Professor. Jason’s research seeks to develop advanced in situ X-ray diffraction techniques to achieve a molecular level understanding of the physical processes that occur in stimuli-responsive nanoporous materials. Jason is a co-PI of NSF’s ChemMatCARS, a world-leading beamline for advanced crystallography at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Labs. Jason is a Fellow of the RSC and serves or has served, often in leadership positions, in a number of organizations including NUFO, APS SAC, WNYACS (former chair), APSUO (former chair).

Jodi Muckelbauer

Jodi Muckelbauer (Treasurer)
Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute
Phone: 609.252.4391

Prior to joining Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Dr. Muckelbauer was a Principal Research Scientist at DuPont Pharmaceuticals. Her research has focused on cloning, E. coli expression and purification of soluble decay-accelerating factor; cryoelectron microscopy of coxsackievirus B3/DAF complex; and structural determination and refinement of coxsackievirus B3 to 3.5 Å resolution. Dr. Muckelbauer holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Purdue University, and a B.S. Degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Oregon State University. She has served as Treasurer and Chair of the Industrial Macromolecular Crystallography Association, as well as a member of that Board from 2002-2015.

Richard Leonard

Richard Leonard (Secretary)
Phone: 720.746.4849

Mr. Leonard started with Battelle in 1990 after serving in the US Army. In the last 26 years with Battelle he has held a wide range of positions ranging from Research Scientist supporting US Air Force acquisition programs, to DC based Program Manager on Battelle’s support to the post-9/11 Pentagon reconstruction, to Vice President for Battelle’s 1200 staff National Security Engineering and Software businesses. In 2012 he was selected to be Battelle’s Industry Fellow at the Eisenhower School finishing the school as a Distinguished Graduate in 2013. Following his graduation, he returned to Battelle and assumed a newly created position running the corporate Business Strategy group. As Battelle’s Vice President for Business Strategy he worked directly with Battelle’s corporate leadership to develop and manage the strategic plans governing the future direction of the company. In late 2014 Mr. Leonard was appointed President and CEO, Bluefin Robotics, a subsidiary of Battelle Memorial Institute and an MIT spinout specializing in undersea autonomous systems and batteries. He led a corporate turnaround and eventual sale of Bluefin to General Dynamics in 2016. In March of 2016 Mr. Leonard took over the newly created Battelle Ecology Business line and in April of 2016 also assumed the role of CEO for Battelle Ecology, Inc. (formerly NEON, Inc.) This business is currently focused on completing the Construction of the $450M National Ecological Observatory Network and transitioning the Observatory into Operations. Although headquartered in Boulder, CO his team includes over 600 staff spread across 21 states and Puerto Rico.

Lily Troia

Lily Troia (Communications)
Digital Science
Phone: 720.495.2121

Lily is an academic librarian and archivist with a background in research services, scholarly communication, open access, and digital and data preservation + diverse experience in project management and digital media outreach. In her current role with Digital Science she helps guide organizational leadership teams to strategize around digital tools and data that align with mission, actionable use, increased efficiency, and decision-making. She held previous positions at the College of William & Mary (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) and Harvard's Office of Scholarly Communication.

Alison Hatt

Alison Hatt
Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Phone: 510.486.7154

Alison Hatt is the Director of the User Program at the Molecular Foundry, an Office of Science user facility for nanoscience at Berkeley Lab. Dr. Hatt is a member of the Foundry’s senior management team and acts on behalf of the Division Director as the chief spokesperson for the Foundry’s User Program. She is responsible for the User Program’s leadership, management and growth; oversees the Foundry's scientific proposal process; works with scientific staff to reach out to and grow new diverse, engaged and productive User communities; liaises with User Executive Committee; and supervises the User Office staff. Dr. Hatt first joined the Molecular Foundry in 2010 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Theory of Nanostructured Materials group. She also has a background in science writing and communication, and previously served as Public Affairs Specialist for the Materials Sciences Division, where she facilitated communication between MSD scientists, DOE, and the general public, and contributed to strategic oversight of the Division. Dr. Hatt received a Ph.D. in Materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Utah.

Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly
Colorado State University
Phone: 970.491.5371

Dr. Kelly conducts research and lectures nationally and internationally on various aspects of soils as related to global change issues. His scientific specialization is pedology and geochemistry with primary interests in the biological weathering of soil and studies of soil degradation and global biogeochemical cycles. His current research is centered on global soil degradation and the fundamental role of grassland in global biogeochemical cycles. Dr. Kelly holds a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley, and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Colorado State University. He is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America and is the recipient of the 2016 Soil Science of America Research Award. He serves as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture with the National Cooperative Soil Survey and the National Science Foundation. A marathoner and triathelete, he currently lives in Bolder, Colorado.

Dennis Mills

Dennis Mills
Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory
Phone: 630.252.5680

Dennis Mills is the Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for Photon Sciences at Argonne and Deputy Director of the Advanced Photon Source.

Dennis Mills received his Ph.D. at Cornell University in Applied Physics in 1979. He worked as a Staff Scientist at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source from 1979 until 1988 when he joined the staff of the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne. His areas of interest include x-ray optics, diffraction physics, and the application of synchrotron radiation to all fields of science and engineering.

He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Crystallographic Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship (1987), University of Chicago Medal for Distinguished Performance at Argonne (1997), the Advanced Photon Source’s Arthur H. Compton Award (1998) for work related to x-ray optics, and the University of Chicago Pinnacle of Education Award (2008) for his contributions to the development of the National Neutron and X-ray Scattering School.

Ashley White

Ashley White
Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Phone: 510.486.5484

Ashley White is the Director of Communications for Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source. In this role, she draws on her background as a researcher and science policy advisor to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to convey the ALS’s key accomplishments to current and potential users, federal funders and policymakers, and the general public. Prior to joining the ALS, she served in the U.S. Senate as an MRS/OSA Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow and in NSF’s Division of Materials Research as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. She also previously managed the materials science research program at the U.S. Green Building Council. She received a PhD in materials science from the University of Cambridge, and a BS and BA in materials science and engineering and music, respectively, from Virginia Tech.