“in recognition of her effectiveness in exemplifying technical leadership, advancing diversity, fostering mentoring and communicating persuasively to influence both large and small institutions”
Lynnette D. Madsen
has worked at the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a program director in materials research since 2000. Additionally, 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; has been part of the driving force in program development and initiatives in nanotechnology, manufacturing, and sustainability; and has maintained an active independent research program.
Previously, she was on the faculty at Linköping University and held a visiting/adjunct faculty position at Carnegie Mellon University. Earlier, she spent a decade working in industry in Canada. She has enjoyed support from industry (ABB, Siemens and Nortel Networks) for her research and consulting.
To date Madsen has published two books, three book chapters/sections, and 99 journal, conference and magazine articles; has been awarded three patents; and delivered more than 100 invited talks. She has served as a panelist for the National Research Council 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 The American Ceramic Society (ACerS).
Her qualifications include a BASc degree (Electrical Engineering) and BA degree (Psychology) from the University of Waterloo, an MEng degree (Electronics) from Carleton University and a PhD degree (Materials Science) from McMaster University. Madsen is the 2017 inaugural recipient of the MRS Impact award. She has also been recognized by NSF (two Director Awards, eleven Performance Awards and an Incentive Award), TMS (Ellen Swallow Richards Diversity Award), ABET (Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity), ACerS (Fellow), AVS (Excellence in Leadership Recognition), SHPE (Junipero Serra Award), the University of Waterloo (Professional Achievement Alumni Medal from Engineering) and previously by MRS (Presentation Award).