Ron Latanision
Exponent
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Ronald Latanision, committee co-chair, is a Senior Fellow at Exponent, Inc., an engineering and scientific consulting company.  Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Latanision was the and held joint faculty appointments in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and in the Department of Nuclear Engineering. He led the School of Engineering’s Materials Processing Center at MIT as its Director from 1985 to 1991. He is now an Emeritus Professor at MIT. In addition, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of ASM International, NACE International, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 1983–1988, Dr. Latanision was the first holder of the Shell Distinguished Chair in Materials Science. He hosts the annual Siemens Science and Technology Competition on the MIT campus. Dr. Latanision was a founder of Altran Materials Engineering Corporation, established in 1992.
 
Dr. Latanision’s research interests are focused largely in the areas of materials processing and in the corrosion of metals and other materials in aqueous (ambient as well as high temperature and pressure) environments. He specializes in corrosion science and engineering with particular emphasis on materials selection for contemporary and advanced engineering systems and in failure analysis. His expertise extends to electrochemical systems and processing technologies, ranging from fuel cells and batteries to supercritical water power generation and waste destruction. Dr. Latanision’s research interests include stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen embrittlement of metals and alloys, water and ionic permeation through thin polymer films, photoelectrochemistry, and the study of aging phenomena/life prediction in engineering materials and systems. Dr. Latanision is a member of the International Corrosion Council and serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Corrosion Reviews, with Professor Noam Eliaz of Tel-Aviv University. He is Editor-in-Chief of the NAE Quarterly, The Bridge.
 
Dr. Latanision has served as a science advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology in Washington, D.C. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Massachusetts Office of Science and Technology, an executive branch office created to strengthen the Commonwealth’s science and technology infrastructure with emphasis directed toward future economic growth. Dr. Latanision has served as a member of the National Materials Advisory Board of the National Research Council and now serves as a member of the NRC’s Standing Committee on Chemical Demilitarization. In June of 2002, Dr. Latanision was appointed by President George W. Bush to membership on the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, and was reappointed for a second four-year term by President Barack Obama.
 
Dr. Latanision has been active in a variety of educational initiatives, including serving as Chairman of the Council on Primary and Secondary Education at MIT, directing the MIT Science and Engineering Program for High School Teachers, and serving as Co-Chairman of the New England Science Teachers, (NEST). He was a Co-Principal Investigator of the NSF-sponsored statewide systematic educational reform initiative in Massachusetts, Project PALMS (Partnerships Advancing Learning of Math and Science).
 
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Latanision has served on over 20 technical and education-related study and advisory committees of the National Academies, including the Center for Education Advisory Committee, the Committee on Teacher Preparation Programs in the US, and the Symposium Steering Committee on Leveraging State Leadership in Science and Mathematics Education to Enhance Technological Literacy, which he chaired.

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