Dr. James Larsen, a member of the scientific and technical cadre of senior executives, is the Senior Scientist for Structural Materials Life Prediction, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Dr. Larsen entered federal civil service in 1980 following three years with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. Since that time, has served in a variety of scientific and engineering roles for a diverse range of contractual and in-house programs in mechanical behavior and life prediction of advanced materials. Dr. Larsen has initiated, advocated, and led numerous collaborative research and development projects and programs for the Air Force. These efforts include the National AeroSpace Plane (NASP) program on life prediction of Titanium Matrix Composites, the Air Force's Engine Rotor Life Extension (ERLE) program, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program on Engine System Prognosis (ESP). His most recent research has been devoted to understanding and modeling mechanistically based uncertainties in life limits of materials under anticipated service conditions, as part of a new initiative on Integrated Computational Materials Science and Engineering.
Dr. Larsen has authored and co-authored more than 130 publications and edited five books in the area of mechanical behavior and life prediction of advanced structural materials. He is frequently invited to give presentations and lectures to international scientific societies and organizations.
1975 Bachelor of Engineering degree in materials science and engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
1977 Master of Science degree in materials science and engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
1988 Doctor of Philosophy in metallurgical engineering and materials science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.
1. 1977 - 1980, materials engineer, Fracture Mechanics and Life Prediction Group, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, West Palm Beach, Fla.
2. 1980 - 1985, materials engineer, Metals Behavior Branch, Materials Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
3. 1985 - 1990, materials research engineer, Metals Behavior Branch, Materials Directorate, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
4. 1990 - 2003, research leader, Life Prediction and Durability, Metals Branch, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. 2003, Visiting Scientist, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
6. 2003-2009 - Team leader and principal investigator, DARPA Engine System Prognosis (ESP) Program.
7. 2003 - present, Senior Scientist for Structural Materials Life Prediction, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
AWARDS AND HONORS
1987 Cleary Scientific Achievement Award, Materials Directorate, AFRL
1988 Air Force Science and Engineering Award
1988 Air Force Scientific Achievement Award
1996 Fellow, ASM International
1996 Fellow, Air Force Research Laboratory
1997 Best Paper Award, Second International Symposium on Structural Intermetallics
2000 - 2005 Star Team Award, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
2006 Outstanding Engineers and Scientists Award, Affiliate Society Council of Dayton, Ohio
2006 Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award for Engine Rotor Life Extension (ERLE)
2010 Director's Team Award, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, with M.J. Caton, A.H. Rosenberger, and J.R. Jira
2010 Champion H. Mathewson Award, The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, with C.J. Szczepanski, S.K. Jha, and, J.W. Jones
2010 Presidential Rank Award, Meritorious Senior Professional
2002 - present, adjunct professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society
American Society for Testing and Materials
(Current as of October 2011)