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David P. Adams
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)

David P. Adams is currently a Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a member of the Laboratories’ Material, Chemical and Physical Sciences Center, he leads several teams involved with the research of thin film deposition processes, process-structure-property relationships and microfabrication.  Learn more



David Surman
Kratos Analytical Inc.

David Surman has been a long-standing member of the AVS. In 2009, Dave accepted the position as the Chair of the Exhibitor & Manufacturers Committee. In 2011, he was elected to the AVS Board of Directors where he served a two-year term from 2012-2013. During his term on the AVS Board of Directors, he served as Chair of the Membership Committee, a position he held until 2019 .  Learn more


Gregory J. Exarhos
Pacific Northwest National Labs

Gregory J. Exarhos, a Laboratory Fellow emeritus within the Physical Sciences Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), graduated magna cum laude from Lawrence University and received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Brown University. An assistant Professor at Harvard University, his group investigated cation motion in amorphous phases, phase transformation dynamics in amorphous materials, and electron-beam surface modification.  Learn more

DIRECTOR (2023-2024)

Ashleigh E. Baber
James Madison University

Ashleigh E. Baber is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She received a Ph.D. from Tufts University in 2011 working with low and variable temperature scanning tunneling microscopy. She then completed a postdoctoral position in the Catalysis Chemistry group at Brookhaven National Laboratory from 2011-2014.  Learn more

DIRECTOR (2023-2024)

Erica A. Douglas
Sandia National Laboratories

Erica A. Douglas is R&D Manager for the Materials Characterization and Performance Department at Sandia National Laboratories. Erica received her B.S. in Physics and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida in 2008 and 2011, respectively. Upon graduation, Erica joined Sandia as a process engineer for Sandia’s silicon semiconductor fabrication facility.  Learn more


Robert K. Grubbs

Robert K. Grubbs has presently accepted the position of Scientific Director of Thin Films at IMEC in Leuven Belgium. Prior to this newly acquired opportunity, he worked at Micron Technology for eight years in process engineering developing critical films for high density phase change memories and on interfacial engineering for high performance CMOS. Before working at Micron, Robert spent ten years at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) where he designed and implemented the Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) facilities at SNL.  Learn more

DIRECTOR (2023-2024)

R. Mohan Sankaran
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

R. Mohan Sankaran is currently a Professor in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1998, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2004.  Learn more


TRUSTEE (2023-2025)

Donna Chen
University of South Carolina in Columbia

Donna Chen is the Robert L. Sumwalt Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina in Columbia with a courtesy appointment in the Chemical Engineering Department. She received her B.S. degree in chemistry with highest honors from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and received her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Harvard University under the direction of Cynthia Friend.  Learn more

TRUSTEE (2023-2025)

Sean L. Jones
National Science Foundation

Sean L. Jones is the Assistant Director for the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation. With over 13 years at the NSF, Dr. Jones has served as a program director for Centers, National Facilities, sustainability efforts and broadening participation initiatives.  Learn more