About MRS

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.

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Executive Director

Todd M. Osman

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 portfolio and broadened its awards, outreach and student 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 Leadership, Innovation, Governance 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.

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Communications Department

Eileen M. Kiley, Director

Eileen M. Kiley, Director of Communications, joined MRS in 2000.  Eileen oversees MRS’s broad communications program, which includes journal and book publishing, news, digital media, web communications, marketing, and public relations. Eileen works closely with volunteers, headquarters staff, and partners, leading efforts to expand and enhance the MRS communications portfolio. 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 two years as co-chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee and a three-year term on the Board of Directors.

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Finance and Administration Department

J. Ardie (Butch) Dillen, Director

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.

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Government Affairs

Damon Dozier, Director

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).

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Meetings Activities Department

Patricia A. Hastings
, Director

Patricia A. Hastings, Director of Meetings Activities, joined the Materials Research Society Executive Team in 1999 as the Director of Meeting Activities. Pat’s broad-based experience includes executive positions in meeting planning, sales, marketing and customer service in both private, for-profit industries and association spheres. Her notable association experience included five years at the Society of Automotive Engineers (now, simply “SAE”) and three 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, logistics and exhibition. Last, she oversees the MRS Conference Services program, which offers MRS contract services to autonomous scientific communities seeking operational and programmatic expertise and assistance.