Cyberinfrastructure for the Materials Genome Initiative

By Meredith Drosback

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy



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In June 2011 President Obama launched the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), a multi-agency federal initiative designed to accelerate the discovery, manufacture, and deployment of advanced materials. The current materials R&D paradigm can take 20 years or more to move a new material from discovery in the laboratory to insertion of a product in the marketplace; MGI aims to cut that time and cost in half. In this talk I will provide an overview of the Initiative, outline recent developments and successes, and focus on the cyberinfrastructure challenges faced by the MGI community as we work toward achieving the President's ambitious goal.


Meredith Drosback is the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society Fellow at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She has a B.S. in Chemistry, M.S. degrees in Physics and Astrophysics, and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics. At OSTP, Meredith works on the Materials Genome Initiative, a program launched by President Obama in 2011 to cut in half the time and cost of bringing new materials from discovery in the laboratory to deployment in the marketplace. MGI includes efforts by both federal agencies and private sector stakeholders to accelerate the deployment of advanced materials through research and development investments and widespread adoption of MGI techniques. Prior to her tenure at OSTP, Meredith was an American Institute of Physics Congressional Science Fellow with the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Virginia.

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