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James Stolken

James Stolken

Materials Scientist

San Francisco, California

James Stölken is a materials scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory with extensive experience developing, leading, and managing all aspects of original research programs. Dr. Stölken currently leads a multidisciplinary effort to set directed energy system requirements for defense applications. He has served as the Debris and Shrapnel Working Group Leader for the National Ignition Facility; directing teams of scientists and engineers to assess and mitigate the debris and shrapnel risk of several critical experimental campaigns. His research involves a broad range of subjects from material strength at high-pressure and multi-scale plasticity modeling to grain-boundary engineering and the failure and fracture of materials from aerospace alloys to mineralized tissue. Dr. Stölken’s technical contributions to these interdisciplinary projects has been to develop and apply new computational and analytical methods, often working to design and execute complementary experimental programs.

Dr. Stölken has authored or co-authored 60 peer-reviewed publications in 23 different journals and has contributed 80 technical presentations (17 invited) to major U.S. and International conferences. He earned a B.S. (Honors) in Materials Science and Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Materials from U.C. Santa Barbara. Prior to attending university, Dr. Stölken served aboard a Trident nuclear submarine and led a nuclear repair division while serving in the U.S. Navy. His awards include: two U.S. Navy Citations, an Achievement Reward for College Scientists, the U.C. Berkeley Materials Department Citation, and several LLNL awards for outstanding service and publications.

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  • Engine Room Supervisor / Engineering Laboratory Technician (US Navy)
  • Division Leading Petty Officer (US Navy)
  • Research Assistant (UC Santa Barbara)
  • Engineering Aid (Berkeley Lab)
  • Materials Scientist (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)


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