Ames Laboratory Director Receives Materials Research Society Fellow Distinction

For release: April 8, 2009

Alex King, Ames Laboratory director, 515-294-2770 
Steve Karsjen, Public Affairs director, 515-294-5643 

AMES, Iowa – Alex King, director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, has received the distinguished title of Materials Research Society Fellow. King will be recognized for the award at the MRS’s 2009 Spring Meeting April 14, 2009, in San Francisco.

The title of MRS Fellow honors MRS members who are notable for their distinguished research accomplishments and their outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research worldwide. In announcing the award, MRS President Shefford Baker acknowledged that this year’s group of MRS Fellows was selected from a large number of applicants, which made the work of the selection committee extraordinarily demanding.

Alex King became the director of the Ames Laboratory on Jan. 1, 2008. Prior to that, he was a professor and head of the School of Materials Engineering at Purdue University from 1999 to 2007. He was a faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the State University of New York at Stony Brook from 1981 to 1999 and served as Vice Provost for Graduate Studies at Stony Brook from 1987 to 1992.

King holds a B.Met. in physical metallurgy from the University of Sheffield, England, and a D.Phil. in metallurgy and the science of materials from the University of Oxford. He is a fellow of the American Society of Materials and the Institute of Materials of the United Kingdom.


 He was a visiting fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 1996 and a Jefferson Science fellow in the U.S. Department of State from 2005 to 2006. King is a current professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University. He was also the president of the MRS in 2002.

Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science laboratory operated for the DOE by Iowa State University.  Ames Laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions. We use our expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations to solve global challenges.