From 2005-2014, Dr. McDowell served as Co-Director of the Center for Computational Materials Design (CCMD), a joint NSF I/UCRC with lead institution Pennsylvania State University (Director Z.-K. Liu). The CCMD developed novel methods for robust systems design of materials, exploring and extending the interface between engineering systems design, information technology and physics-based simulation of process-structure and structure-property relations of materials. The CCMD blazed new trails in providing tools and educated students to industry and government stakeholders engage in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering.
Georgia Tech has provided leadership in establishing a campus-wide materials innovation ecosystem through formation of the Institute for Materials (IMat). See www.materials.gatech.edu for more details. Professor McDowell provides leadership as Executive Director of this Institute, serving over 200 faculty across Georgia Tech with materials-related research interests. IMat fosters formation of strategic industry relationships the promote development of the future workforce, as well as methods and tools to enhance industry competitiveness in discovery and development of new and improved materials.