Erik Svedberg
Senior Program Officer, National Materials and Manufacturing Board, National Academies

Frontiers of Materials Research—A Decadal Survey

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are seeking community input for a study on the future of materials research (MR). Frontiers of Materials Research: A Decadal Survey will look at defining the frontiers of materials research ranging from traditional materials science and engineering to condensed-matter physics.

Please join members of the study committee for a town hall to discuss future directions for materials research in the United States in the context of worldwide efforts. In particular, input on the following topics will be of great value: progress, achievements and principal changes in the R&D landscape over the past decade; identification of key MR areas that have major scientific gaps or offer promising investment opportunities from 2020 to 2030; and the challenges that MR may face over the next decade and how those challenges might be addressed.

This study was requested by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. The National Academies will issue a report in 2018 that will offer guidance to federal agencies that support materials research, science policymakers and researchers in materials research and other adjoining fields. Learn more about the study at

About Erik Svedberg

Erik Svedberg is currently the Senior Program Officer of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board at the National Academies (since 2008). In this role, he works with experts from across the nation to develop, negotiate and oversee scientific and technical advisory studies for federal agencies related to questions of materials science, manufacturing and engineering design. 

His previous and current activities at the National Academies include work as a Study Director for Materials Needs and R&D Strategy for Future Aerospace Propulsion Systems; Corrosion Research Grand Challenges; Opportunities in Protection Materials; Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for Our Nation; Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative; and Airport Passenger Screening, Backscatter X-Ray Machines. He has also overseen workshops such as Big Data in Materials Research and Development; Limited Affordable Low-Volume Manufacturing; Materials and Manufacturing Capabilities for Sustaining Defense Systems; and New and Novel Processes that are on the Verge of Industrial Modernization. 

Svedberg has a decade of industry experience with both small and large companies in the materials science area and has been a guest researcher at NIST for several years. He has been awarded and overseen five research grants and has published over 80 scientific articles, holds two patents and is cited over 800 times.