Clark V. Cooper
National Science Foundation
Director of the Materials and Surface Engineering
Clark V. Cooper
is Director of the Materials and Surface Engineering program at the National Science Foundation, a position that he has held since February 2006. At NSF, he has been active in championing a new focus on Simulation-Based Engineering and Science, including leadership in the planning and execution of a two-continent study and a strategic directions workshop. Prior to his commencement at NSF in early 2006, he was a Principal Scientist at United Technologies Research Center in Connecticut, where he pursued fundamental and applied research in the general area of surface science and engineering, focusing on the use of various physical (PVD) and chemical (CVD) vapor deposition processes to synthesize hard and protective coatings and the application of thermo-chemical processes to improve the properties of the surfaces of engineering materials. He and his colleagues have demonstrated the effectiveness of these and other surface modification techniques, including high intensity plasma ion processing (HIPIP), to impart remarkable improvements in hardness and wear and corrosion resistance of engineering alloys and in the surface and bending fatigue durability of power transmission gears. He and his collaborators demonstrated the successful application of first-principles modeling, especially at the atomistic level, to understand and design more effective additive compounds for synthetic lubricants and developed novel approaches to integrate length and time scales for innovative multi-scale models. In addition, he has contributed to advancements in the understanding and to improvements in the properties of materials and coatings for use at high temperature and in other extreme environments. Dr. Cooper holds a B.S. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.