Dr. Xin Sun selected as Division Director of the Energy and Transportation Science Division

Posted: June 12, 2017

Dr. Xin Sun was previously a Laboratory Fellow and the Technical Group Leader for the Computational Engineering Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. from University of Michigan in 1995, and has worked at Edison Welding Institute and Battelle prior to joining PNNL in 2004. Dr. Sun is well known for applying the fundamental mechanics and physics principles in developing multi-scale characterization and simulation tools to accelerate the development to deployment cycles of lightweight metals and advanced energy systems. She is an international authority in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME), and has led a multitude of research initiatives with ICME principle in the areas of carbon capture simulation, advanced high strength steel development, lightweight metals ( aluminum and magnesium) manufacturing process optimization and performance simulations, solid oxide fuel cell design and analyses, advanced laminated and glass/ceramic armor materials development, joining and forming of advanced lightweight materials for automotive and heavy vehicle applications.

Dr. Sun is a prolific researcher with more than 170 peer reviewed journal publications and 10 books/book chapters. She has delivered over 60 invited talks and has received multiple prestigious awards which include R&DlOO (2016), University of Michigan Alumni Society Merit Award (2009), PNNL Laboratory Director's Award for Exceptional Engineering Achievement (2008), Barbour Scholarship for Oriental Women at University of Michigan (1993). Dr. Sun is also an adjunct professor at Washington State University where she teaches the graduate course on Elasticity.

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