Cliff Eberle

Cliff Eberle

Technology Development Manager


Cliff Eberle leads the Materials and Processing Technology Area in the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation. He also serves as the Technology Development Manager for the ORNL Carbon and Composites Group. He is deeply engaged in developing new initiatives related to carbon and composite materials and manufacturing. He has served as the research leader for ORNL’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility, Bio-Carbon Fiber Program, and Ultra-High Performance Carbon fiber Development Project. Mr. Eberle is also a significant contributor to strategic planning and execution, intellectual property management, partnership development, program development, and technology transition related to innovative carbon and composites technology. Mr. Eberle has 30 years of professional experience in various engineering, scientific, management, and program development capacities including approximately 20 years of experience with fiber-reinforced composite materials. Mr. Eberle earned his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1984 and joined the staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the same year.


  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 1983.
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 1984.

Professional Experience: Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

  • 1995 – Present: Technology Development Manager, Materials Science & Technology Division, Carbon and Composites Group.
    Expertise: Carbon Fibers, Composites, Industrial Applications.
    Electron beam curing, carbon fibers, commercial vehicle applications.
  • 2009 - Present: Carbon Fiber Technology Facility Design Leader and R&D Manager, Ultra Performance Carbon Fiber Program Leader.
  • 2011 - Present:  Bio-Carbon Fiber Program Leader.
    Future Thrust Leader for structural batteries and cellulosic nanocomposites.
  • 1993 – 1995: Neutron Science R&D Engineering.
  • 1991 – 1993: High Energy Physics R&D Engineering.
  • 1990 – 1991: Gaseous Diffusion Engineering.
  • 1987 – 1990: Neutron Science R&D Engineering.
  • 1984 – 1987: Fusion Energy R&D Engineering.


  1. C. Eberle, “R&D on Low-Cost Carbon Fiber Composites for Energy Applications,” Harper International Carbon Fiber R&D Workshop, Buffalo, NY, 25-26 July 2013.
  2. C. Eberle et. al., “Commercialization of New Carbon Fiber Materials Based on Sustainable Resources for Energy Applications,” report ORNL/TM-2013/54, March 2013, available from
  3. C. Eberle and C. D. Warren, “Barriers to Wide- spread Adoption of Carbon Fibers in High Volume Applications,” Proceedings of Southern Advanced Materials Research Exchange II, Greenville, SC, 28 February 2013.
  4. C. Eberle, “Low Cost High Volume Carbon Fiber Composites for Next Generation Vehicles,” Proceedings of Lightweighting Auto Plastics Conference, Troy, MI, 14 – 15 November 2012.
  5. C. Eberle, “Carbon Fiber Technology Facility”, Proceedings of Carbon Fibers 2011, Washington, DC, 5 – 7 December 2011.
  6. L. K. Mansur et. al., “Super Hard Surfaced Polymers,” Proceedings of 54th International SAMPE Symposium, Seattle, WA, 17 - 20 May 2010.
  7. C. Eberle, “Research to Lower the Cost of Carbon Fibers”, Proceedings of 2006 Wind Turbine Blade Workshop, Albuquerque, NM, 18 – 19 April 2006.
  8. M. S. Wilenski, J. M. Sands, C. Eberle, and J. Batten, “Transitioning a New Technology from Concept to Production”, Proceedings of 50th International SAMPE Symposium, Long Beach, CA, 30 April – 5 May 2006.
  9. C. C. Eberle, C. J. Janke, and C. S. Wang, “Electron Beam Curing Demonstration with Automobile Structures”, Proceedings of SPE Automotive Composite Conference, Troy, MI, 14 - 15 September 2004.
  10. C. Eberle and M. T. Smith, “Heavy Vehicle Mass Reduction Utilizing Polymer Composites”, Proceedings of SPE Automotive Composite Conference, Troy, MI, 9 – 10 September 2003.


  1. M. G. Abdallah, C. C. Eberle, G. Ludtka, G. Mackiewicz-Ludtka, A. K. Naskar, S. Ozcan, F. L. Paulauskas, and J. Rivard, “Magneto-Carbonization Method for Production of Carbon Fiber, and High Performance Carbon Fibers Made Thereby,” filed 2013.
  2. F. S. Baker, C. C. Eberle, J. Mielenz, A. K. Naskar, R. E. Norris, Jr., J. Pickel, T. Saito, “Lignin-Derived Thermoplastic Co-Polymers And Methods Of Preparation,” filed 2011.
  3. D. Howell, C. J. Janke, & C. Eberle, (U.S. Patent No. 6,107,008; August 22, 2000).

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