Executive Staff

MRS headquarters is committed to partnering with the Board of Directors and the operating committees as we fulfill the MRS mission for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life. The headquarters staff is functionally organized into the departments shown below. Each department contains a professional staff that is dedicated to delivering the highest quality meetings, publications, communications and logistical services for the society.

Information on the entire MRS headquarters staff and contact information is available here.

Executive Director Todd M. Osman

Executive Director

Todd M. Osman,
Executive Director
osman@mrs.org
724-779-2701

Todd M. Osman became Executive Director of MRS in September 2008. During his tenure, MRS has launched the Materials Research Society Foundation, expanded its communications and meetings portfolio, and broadened its outreach and engagement programs. Prior to joining MRS, Dr. Osman co-founded The Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center. He also spent 11 years at United States Steel Corporation, where he received peer and corporate recognition for his research and coordinated cooperative R&D programs in North America, Europe and Asia. He has given invited talks on Servant Leadership, International Collaborations, Innovation, and the Impact of Science on the Quality of Life. He received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Case Western Reserve University and has authored numerous articles on topics including commercial and social impact of nanomaterials, materials for energy, product development and fracture of materials. Dr. Osman is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lighthouse Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization, and a member of the MRS Board of Directors.

Eileen Kiley Novak

Communications
Department

Eileen Kiley Novak, Director

enovak@mrs.org
724-779-2741

Eileen Kiley Novak, Director of Communications, joined MRS in 2000. Eileen oversees MRS’s broad communications portfolio, including journal and book publishing, news, virtual engagement, website and e-communications, marketing, public relations, and education and outreach programs. Eileen works closely with volunteers, headquarters staff, and partners, leading efforts to enhance the MRS communications portfolio, including the launch of Materials360 Online, MRS OnDemand®, and new journal and book products. Before joining MRS, Eileen worked as acquisitions editor at the University of Pittsburgh Press. She holds a B.A. in English as well as a Masters of Business Administration. She is an active member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), including co-chairing the Annual Meeting Program Committee for two years and recently serving a three-year term on the Board of Directors.

J. Ardie (Butch) Dillen, Director
 

Finance and
Administration
Department

J. Ardie (Butch) Dillen, Director
dillen@mrs.org
724-779-2711

J. Ardie (Butch) Dillen, the MRS Director of Finance and Administration, joined MRS in November 2010. He has a broad-based business and financial background stemming from his experience as a senior business consultant, as President/CEO and Senior Vice President-Finance and Administration of a Pittsburgh-area community bank, and as an audit supervisor with a national Certified Public Accounting firm. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of numerous for profit and nonprofit organizations. Dillen is a CPA and earned his B.S. degrees in administration management, math and economics from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants. Dillen has extensive service as an active volunteer with several nonprofit community and financial industry organizations.

Damon Dozier
 

Government Affairs

Damon Dozier, Director
dozier@mrs.org

Damon Dozier, MRS Director of Government Affairs, joined MRS in September 2014. Based in Washington, D.C., his duties include developing government relations strategies and programs, informing members about legislative developments, and serving as a chief advocate on interdisciplinary materials research and technology issues. Prior to joining MRS, Damon served as the Director of Public Affairs for the American Anthropological Association (AAA). He has over 20 years of government and policy experience, including serving as an Assistant Advocate for Environmental Policy with the Small Business Administration, a Legislative Assistant on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and the Director of Government and Public Affairs for the National Small Business Association. Dozier also served as the Legislative Director for former Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald. Dozier received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989 from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Council of Engineering and Social Science Executives (CESSE).

 Meetings Activities Department  Patricia A. Hastings

Meetings Activities Department

Patricia A. Hastings, Director

hastings@mrs.org
724-779-2721

Patricia A. Hastings, Director of Meetings Activities, joined the Materials Research Society Executive Team in 1999 as the Director of Meeting Activities. Pat’s previous 20 years of broad-based experience includes executive positions in meeting planning, sales, marketing and customer service in both private industry and association spheres. Her notable association experience included 5 years at the Society of Automotive Engineers (now, simply “SAE”) and 3 years with the Iron and Steel Society (now AIST). Pat is the in-house lead for the development of all MRS meetings-related scientific content, working with materials research volunteers to create dynamic technical programming. She also has primary budgetary responsibility and oversight for the meeting infrastructure and logistics.

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