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Lynnette D. Madsen

(703) 292-4936
(703) 292-9035
E 9469
Program Director

Program Responsibilities:
Ceramics (CER)
Crosscutting Activities Program in Materials Research (XC)


Dr. Lynnette D. Madsen has worked at the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a Program Director in Materials Research since 2000. She has been directly responsible for more than 500 awards totaling $180M+. During her tenure at NSF, she has grown the annual budget of the Ceramics Program from ~$6M to ~$11M and negotiated co-funding from other programs at NSF and other agencies to further increase her effective budget by an additional 20%. She also leads the Cross-Cutting Activities in Materials Research. She has completed three detail assignments at NSF dealing with international efforts with Africa, increasing the advancement of women in academic careers, and strategic human capital analysis and planning. She has led new co-operative activities with European researchers in materials; been part of the driving force in program development and initiatives in nanotechnology, manufacturing, and sustainability; and has maintained an active independent research program.

Her qualifications include a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, an M.Eng. in Electronics from Carleton University, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from McMaster University. From 1999-2002, she held a visiting/adjunct faculty position at Carnegie Mellon University. Before working at NSF, she held a faculty position at Linköping University in Sweden where she was promoted to Docent (Associate Professor), and previously she held post-doctoral positions at both Linköping University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Earlier in her career, she spent a decade working in industry at Nortel Networks in Canada. She has enjoyed support from industry (ABB, Siemens and Nortel Networks) for her research and consulting. Her research included epitaxial and pseudomorphic film growth and characterization, combinatorial nanomaterials science applied to perpendicular magnetic recording media, contact formation to silicon carbide, and the characterization of nanoscale graphite intercalation compounds.

To date she has published two books, three book chapters/sections, and 99 journal, conference, and magazine articles; been awarded three patents; and delivered more than 100 invited talks. NSF has recognized her efforts with two Director Awards, 11 Performance Awards and an Incentive Award for Timely Program Management. Also, her accomplishments have been recognized with the Materials Research Society (MRS) Impact Award (2017), Fellow of the American Vacuum Society (AVS) (2017) and The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) (2015), The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Ellen Swallow Richards Diversity Award (2016), a Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity from Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) (2015), an Excellence in Leadership Recognition from AVS (2014), the Junipero Serra Award from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) (2013), the Professional Achievement Alumni Medal from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo (2013), and a Presentation Award from MRS (1993). She has served as a panelist for the National Research Council at the National Academies and as a Trustee for AVS, and currently serves as an Advisory Board member for the Rosalind Franklin Society, and on the Board of Directors for ACerS.

2017 (in addition to programmatic responsibilities above)

  • Co-Chair, Nanotechnology Innovation and Commercialization Ecosystem (NICE) Working Group of the NSET subcommittee, 2016-2018
  • Agency representative, Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee - a Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Committee on Technology, under the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), since 2015
  • Chair, Mathematical and Physical Sciences Working Group for Broadening Participation, member since 2007, chair 2016-2017
  • Chair, Division of Materials Research (DMR) Diversity and Education Activities Working Group, since 2014
  • Co-Chair, DMR Mentoring Working Group, 2016-2017
  • Member, DMR Program Assessment Working Group, since 2015
  • DMR contact, Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) - Graduate Research Supplements (GRS) activity, since 2012
  • DMR contact, MPS Graduate Research Supplement for Veterans (MPS-GRSV), since 2014
  • Advisory Board, Rosalind Franklin Society, since 2008
  • Board of Directors, The American Ceramic Society, 2016-2019 (personal time)

BOOKS, BOOK CHAPTERS and SECTIONS (see ResearcherID link above for articles)

  • L.D. Madsen and E.B. Svedberg (Eds.), Materials Research for Manufacturing: An Industrial Perspective of Turning Materials into New Products, Springer Series in Materials Science, Vol. 22; ISBN: 978-3-319-23418-2 (hardcover) and 978-3-319-23419-9 (electronic) (2016).
  • L.D. Madsen (Author), Successful Women Ceramic and Glass Scientists and Engineers: 100 Inspirational Profiles, Wiley, ISBN: 978-1-118-73360-8 (2016).
  • C. Mavriplis and L.D. Madsen, "Possible Benefits for Workshop Organizers" book chpt. in FORWARD to Professorship in STEM: Inclusive Faculty Development Strategies That Work, Elsevier, ISBN: 978-0-12-800855-3, (2015).
  • Invited: L.D. Madsen and C. Mavriplis, "Speakers Find Value in Workshop Participation" book chpt. in FORWARD to Professorship in STEM: Inclusive Faculty Development Strategies That Work, Elsevier, ISBN: 978-0-12-800855-3, (2015).
  • L.D. Madsen, "New Paradigms in Nanoceramics" §3.8.5 in Nanotechnology Long-term Impacts and Research Directions: 2000-2020, Springer ( (2010).