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  • PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Arizona, 1995
  • MS, Chemistry, George Mason University, 1991
  • BS, Materials Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1986

Professional Experience

Claudia Rawn is an Associate Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.   She is also the Director of the Center for Materials Processing. Prior to joining the University of Tennessee full time she was a Senior Research Staff Member in the Diffraction and Thermophysical Properties Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a Joint Faculty Member in the University of Tennessee’s Materials Science and Engineering Department. Her research interests include investigations of crystal structures, phase transitions, and thermophysical properties of materials using in-situ x-ray and neutron diffraction. Between 1987 and 1992 Claudia worked in the Ceramics Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology as a Materials Research Engineer studying the phase equilibria of high Tc superconductor systems. After completing her Ph.D. she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Ceramics Department of the “Jozef Stefan” Institute, in Ljubljana, Slovenia where her research responsibilities included single crystal growth and solid state synthesis of samples for single crystal x-ray diffraction and x-ray and neutron powder (Rietveld) structural refinements, respectively.   She joined the Materials Science and Technology Division at ORNL in 1997 with the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Postdoctoral Fellowship program. During her career she has co-authored over 90 technical publications and newsletter articles.

Research Interests

  • Neutron and X-ray in situ powder diffraction
  • Small Molecule Crystallography
  • Ceramic Synthesis
  • Structure/property Relationships

Professional Organizations & Societies

  • ASM International
  • American Crystallographic Association (ACA)
  • Neutron Scattering Society of America (NSSA)
  • Past Secretary and former member of the U.S. National Committee for Crystallography (USNCCr)
  • Oak Ridge Chapter of ASM – Executive Committee

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow ASM, 2014
  • Nancy and Leon Cole Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2016
  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Service, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2013
  • Faculty Award for Environmental Leadership, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2012
  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Service, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2012

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