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NSF AAAS Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellows


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Dr. Dillon Watring
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow
Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Division of Information and Intelligent Systems
Class of 2023-2024

Dr. Dillon Watring is a mechanical engineer with years of experience in materials science research with focus on advanced experimental and characterization techniques. Watring comes to NSF from a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Research Associateship working at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory where he has been using his knowledge in machine learning to develop new characterization tools. Prior to his postdoctoral associateship, he obtained his PhD in mechanical engineering at the University of Utah where he focused on investigations into processing-structure-property relationships in additively manufactured metals by leveraging data-driven and machine learning approaches. Watring studied at Florida International University for both his master’s and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Originally from Orlando, Florida, Dillon has enjoyed living and working in a variety of environments. He enjoys new challenges and is excited to start the AAAS fellowship. He has been part of the TMS Additive Manufacturing Committee, which helps organize symposiums for one of the largest materials conferences. In addition to his memberships in professional societies, he also has peer reviewed many top journals including Additive Manufacturing, Materials Science and Engineering A, the Journal of Materials Science, and more.