MSE Seminar: “Materials for the Future: Overview of the Materials Capability at Los Alamos”

Date(s) - 09/14/2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Ellen Cerrata, Ph.D.

Division Leader, Materials Science and Technology
Los ALamos National Lab


Dr. Ellen Cerreta is the Division Leader for Materials Science and Technology at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  She has previously served as the Deputy Division Leader for Explosive Science and Shock Physics (M) and the ALDW High Explosive Safety Program Manager. Prior to joining M-Division, Ellen was the Group Leader for the Materials in Radiation and Dynamic Extremes Group (MST-8) at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

She received her B.S in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Ellen has been at LANL since 2001 and her research focuses on the relationship between microstructure and dynamic materials properties. 

At Los Alamos, Ellen has led a number of projects to investigate dynamic materials performance and provide insight toward advanced predictive capabilities for strength and damage in extreme environments.  Ellen has served on The Minerals Metals and Materials Society (TMS) and ASM, International Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, respectively. She is currently the president for TMS. Ellen is an adjunct faculty member in The Institute of Shock Physics at Washington State University and was inducted into the 2016 ASM Fellows Class.



Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has a mission that spans research and development associated with nuclear deterrence, energy security and global security.  To meet this mission, the laboratory has a large materials capability that spans its 49 square mile campus and involves over 1000 staff members engaged in materials research and development.

This talk will provide a broad overview of materials science at LANL and discuss how that capability is organized, under our Materials for the Future Strategy, to meet mission needs. This strategy is dedicated to ensuring that the lab has the capability for making materials with tailored properties and then predicting their behavior. The discussion will include capabilities for that work as well as a discussion regarding emerging staffing needs at the lab.

Finally, I will conclude the discussion with some final comments regarding access points to collaborating with the lab and learning more about careers at LANL. 


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