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  • Chris Strasburg is a systems analyst at Ames Laboratory and a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at Iowa State University. He started at Ames Laboratory in 1998 as an undergraduate, working in Ames Laboratory’s Information Systems group. In 2001, he earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Iowa State University and joined Ames Laboratory full-time as a systems support specialist, and later was Ames Laboratory’s computer protection program manager for six years, a role he recently resumed. He earned a master’s degree in computer science in 2009, also from Iowa State University. Since 2012, Strasburg has been conducting security-related research.

  • Two years ago the Critical Materials Institute launched, bringing together the best scientific minds from national labs, universities, and industry that could move research on rare-earth metals quickly and on to marketable technologies, shortening development time by years if not decades. In that time, this U.S. Department of Energy Energy Innovation Hub has more than doubled its research accomplishments, bringing the total number of invention disclosures to 34. This week CMI holds its annual planning meeting at Idaho National Laboratory.

  • Ames Laboratory physicists using N-V center optical magnetoscope to understand new magnetic nanomaterials

    As the demand grows for ever smaller, smarter electronics, so does the demand for understanding materials’ behavior at ever smaller scales. Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory are building a unique optical magnetometer to probe magnetism at the nano- and mesoscale.

  • Ames Laboratory physicist develops new technique to study electronic properties

    It’s often said that necessity is the mother of invention.  Such was the case for Ames Laboratory physicist Adam Kaminski who took the research challenge he was facing and turned it into a new solution that will help advance his research.

  • Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall visited Ames Laboratory on Friday, June 12th. During her visit, Sherwood-Randall met with Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University administration, toured two research laboratories and met with Critical Materials Insitute Director Alex King, made an all-hands address, and met with students, scientists and community leaders in a roundtable discussion. Photos from the visit appear below.