Thursday, February 6, 1997

Contact: Paul C. Martin, 617/495-5829 (office), 617/489-0496 (home)




WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lyle H. Schwartz, Director of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will be the next President of Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI). His acceptance was announced by Paul C. Martin, Chairman of AUI's Board of Trustees and Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.

Dr. Schwartz will join AUI in mid-March, succeeding Dr. Robert E. Hughes, who requested retirement from the full-time presidential duties he has performed since 1980.

Associated Universities, Inc. operates Brookhaven National Laboratory under contract to the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. AUI is a research management organization chartered in 1946 as an independent, non-profit, scientific and educational corporation. Its founding institutions are Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, The Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, and Yale University.

"We are delighted that Dr. Schwartz has agreed to accept the position," said Dr. Martin. "His being selected is the result of a nationwide search lasting many months. Dr. Schwartz's background as a scientist, a research manager, and as a member of the academic community qualify him well for this important office."

"The entire Board of Trustees joins me in saluting and thanking Dr. Hughes for his extraordinary service to AUI over the past 17 years," continued Martin. "Bob has guided two outstanding scientific organizations imaginatively and effectively during an era of changing scientific policies and priorities."

Dr. Schwartz has achieved positions of leadership in academia, government, and professional organizations. Prior to assuming his present position as Director of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory at NIST, he was Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Materials Research Laboratory at Northwestern University.

Lyle H. Schwartz was born and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Northwestern University, receiving a B.S. in Science Engineering in 1959 and a Ph.D. in Materials Science in 1964. Following a one-year postdoctoral appointment at the C.N.R.S. at Saclay, France, he joined the faculty at Northwestern. As he progressed through the ranks to Professor, his research focused on the use of x-ray and neutron diffraction and Mossbauer spectroscopy in the characterization of alloy phase transformations and metal alloy catalysts.

In 1979 Dr. Schwartz became Director of the Materials Research Center, the NSF-funded interdisciplinary materials center at Northwestern. He served in that capacity until 1984, when he left to join NIST (then known as the National Bureau of Standards).

At NIST, Dr. Schwartz directs the technical activities of 350+ scientists and engineers of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory (MSEL) in fundamental to applied areas of materials technology and maintains oversight responsibility for the NIST nuclear research reactor. Research in MSEL is centered on assuring the measurement and standards infrastructure required to support the civilian economy.

Dr. Schwartz has played a significant role in shaping government policies on many materials issues. At the request of President Bush's Science Advisor, he led a multi-agency Advanced Materials and Processing Program that identified and analyzed Federal R&D Materials Science and Engineering activities amounting to $2 billion. He currently chairs the multi-agency Materials Technology Committee responsible for developing the materials agenda for Federal Government/Industry programs in support of automotive, electronics, aeronautic, building and construction, and environmental sustainability. Under his chairmanship, the pre-standards research organization (VAMAS) of the International G7 was brought to fruition as a stand-alone continuing activity among the member nations.

Dr. Schwartz was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 1994, where he currently serves as elected chair of the Materials Engineering Section. He is recipient of the Presidential rank of Meritorious Executive of the government's Senior Executive Service and the Gold Medal Award of the Department of Commerce. He has been honored with the National Materials Advancement Award of the Federation of Materials Societies and the Leadership Award of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society.

He is a member and Fellow of ASM International, a councillor of the Materials Research Society, and a member of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Schwartz and his wife, Celesta S. Jurkovich, reside in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He has two married children: a daughter, Ara, a nurse who lives with her family in California, and a son, Justin, who lives in Florida with his family where he is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Florida State University.

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