2018 Morton D. Maser Award
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Donovan N. Leonard has been a member of MSA since 1998. He is looking forward to his new role as Vice-Chair of the MSA Educational Resources (2018-2020) and is pleased to currently be the organizer of the MSA Physical Sciences Tutorials (2017-2019) and X90: Microscopy in the Classroom symposia (2018, 2010-2011). He has served on the MSA Executive Program Committee (2015, MAS Co-Chair), MSA Fellows Committee (2012-2015) and MSA Education Committee (2011-2014). Additionally, he has been an instructor for MSA In-Meeting workshop titled Nanomaterial Microscopy & Microanalysis (2008-2012) and will be instructor for a MSA Sunday Short Course titled Sample Preparation for High-Resolution EM of Materials (2018). He has been an active member of his local affiliated society, the Appalachian Region Microscopy Society (AReMS), since 1998 and served as President (2012-2014) and webmaster (2008-2014).
Donovan is currently a Senior Technical Staff Member in the Materials Science & Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2002 and joined ORNL in 2007. Before ORNL he was tenure track faculty in the Physics & Astronomy Dept. of Appalachian State University and had worked for IBM in microelectronics packaging applications. His research now involves daily application of advanced microscopy and microanalysis methods to energy related materials at length scales from the atomic level to the macro scale. More specifically, aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) of quantum materials in addition to EPMA/WDS, EBSD and EDS analysis of materials critical for vehicle lightweighting, fossil, fusion and solar applications.