The Knowledgebase of Interatomic Models (KIM) project is administered by an elected KIM Director, a KIM Editor (appointed by the KIM Director), and an elected KIM Board. The roles and responsibilities of these positions are described in the KIM Requirements Document.

KIM Director

Ellad B. Tadmor

Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

University of Minnesota

Ellad B. Tadmor is Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota (USA). He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion — Israel Institute of Technology in 1987 and 1991, and his Ph.D. from Brown University (USA) in 1996. His research focuses on the development of multiscale theories and computational methods for predicting the behavior of materials directly from the interactions of the atoms making up the material. He has published over 60 papers in this area and two textbooks (see for information on the books). He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University, Associate Professor at the Technion, and Erasmus Mundus Scholar at the École Normale Superieure in Lyon, France. He received the MRS Graduate Student Award in 1995 for his work on developing the quasicontinuum method, one of the leading multiscale methods, as well as numerous awards for excellence in teaching including the Salomon Simon Mani Award in 2001. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Elasticity. Prof. Tadmor is the PI of the KIM Project.

KIM Editor

Ryan S. Elliott

Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

University of Minnesota

Ryan S. Elliott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota. He received a B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan State University (1998), and a M.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering (1999), a M.S. in Mathematics (2002), and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and Scientific Computing (2004), all from the University of Michigan. Dr Elliott areas of expertise include atomistic and continuum stability problems, computational mechanics, symmetry group theory, and bifurcation theory. He has received many awards for his work, including: the Tau Beta Pi Matthews Fellowship (1998), the U.S. D.O.E. Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (2000), the Ivor K. McIvor Award in Applied Mechanics, the Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science award (2005), a National Science Foundation CAREER grant (2007), and a University of Minnesota McKnight Land-Grant Professorship (2009). He is a PI of the KIM project and is one of the primary developers of the openkim-api software implementation.

OpenKIM Advisory Board Member

Michael I. Baskes

Laboratory Associate-Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering

University of California, San Diego

Dr. Baskes is a Laboratory Associate-Fellow of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Baskess interests encompass the use of computational methods to investigate material properties. His distinguished accomplishments include development of the Embedded Atom Method (EAM), this semi-empirical atomistic method has become the standard mode of calculation for complex applications in material science and development of atomistic models to predict the behavior of helium in metals. He was Member of the National Materials Advisory Board from 1995 to 1998. He received a Ph.D. in Material Science from California Institute of Technology. He has authored over 190 journal publications, book chapters, and conference proceedings, which have been cited over 5,900 times.

OpenKIM Advisory Board Member

Chandler A. Becker

Materials Research Engineer, Metallurgy Division

Material Measurement Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Chandler A. Becker is Materials Research Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Project Leader for the "Atomistic Simulations and the Future of Nanomaterials Metrology" project at NIST. Dr. Becker received a B.Sc. in Physics from The College of William & Mary and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. Her work is focused on molecular simulation of metallic systems and the improved application of molecular simulation in engineering research and design through increased availability of interatomic potentials and examinations of their accuracy. Dr. Becker has been actively involved in the KIM project as it pertains to the storage and testing of interatomic potentials.

OpenKIM Advisory Board Member

Ronald E. Miller

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Carleton University

Ronald E. Miller is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University (Canada). He was educated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba (Canada) and Solid Mechanics at Brown University (USA). Dr. Miller's research focuses on multiscale materials modelling and atomistic simulations. He has published more than 40 scientific articles in the area. Dr. Miller was a 2003 recipient of the Ontario Premiers Research Excellence Award and a Lady Davis Fellow at the Technion (Israel) in 2004. He has been active in the KIM project since its original conception.

OpenKIM Advisory Board Member

Sadasivan Shankar

Senior Principal Engineer, Program Leader for Materials Design
Processing Technology Modeling, Design & Technology Solutions
Technology and Manufacturing Group

Intel Corporation

Dr. Sadasivan Shankar is currently the Senior Principal Engineer and Program Leader for Materials Design, in the Design and Technology Group within the Intel Technology and Manufacturing Organization. In this thrust, his team works with experimentalists to enable computer-aided design of materials for addressing specific nanotechnology requirements. Dr. Shankar earned his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He is the co-inventor in over 23 patent filings and co-author of over 100 external publications and presentations including 2 book chapters. Several of his teams efforts which aided in technology adoption over 6 generations of scaling, have been recognized by multiple awards. Currently, the open platform effort that he has been involved in is part of President's new initiative on Materials Genome.

OpenKIM Advisory Board Member

Susan B. Sinnott

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

University of Florida

Susan B. Sinnott is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Iowa State University in 1993. Her research uses theoretical and computational tools to study the design, processing, and properties of materials. She has worked on the development of reactive empirical bond order (REBO) potentials for hydrocarbons and is currently developing charge optimized many-body (COMB) potentials for complex multi-element systems. Prof. Sinnott has published over 160 technical publications, including 140 journal publications and eight book chapters, which have been cited over 4000 times. She is on the editorial boards of various journals and has received multiple awards including Fellow of the AAAS, UF Research Foundation Professor, and Fellow of ACerS. Prof. Sinnott is the President Elect of AVS.

OpenKIM Advisory Board Member

Aidan P. Thompson

Principal Member of Technical Staff

Sandia National Laboratories

Dr. Thompson is a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. He received his B.Eng. from the National University of Ireland and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, both in Chemical Engineering. His work deals with the development and application of algorithms for large-scale atomistic simulation of materials. This includes improving the accuracy of interatomic potentials and increasing the time scales accessible in molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Dr. Thompson has authored 55 journal publications in these areas. He is also one of the lead developers of the LAMMPS MD package which is being led at Sandia. He was a winner of the FIRST Industrial Fluid Properties Simulation Challenge in 2005.