Edgar Lara-Curzio

Distinguished Scientist, Leader Mechanical Properties & Mechanics Group; Co-Director, ORNL's Fossil Energy Program

As Leader of the Mechanical Properties & Mechanics Group in the Materials Science & Technology Division (MSTD) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Edgar Lara-Curzio leads and manages the scientific and technical operations of a group of 20+ researchers focused on the development and characterization of functional and structural materials for applications in energy and national security. Lara-Curzio served as Director of the HTML User Program between 2007 and 2012 and coordinated the integration of science and physical resources in MSTD between 2013 and 2015.

In 2001 Lara-Curzio developed and implemented an Internship Program for Laboratory Technicians at ORNL, which has created a pipeline for a new generation of technicians with the skills needed to support current and future missions of ORNL. Today more than 35 former interns holding associate’s and/or bachelor’s degrees are employed as full-time technicians at ORNL.

In 2008 and 2009 Lara-Curzio co-chaired and chaired, respectively, the first two $1M+ United Way fundraising campaigns at ORNL.

Lara-Curzio has been a principal investigator for several research projects sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, other Federal Agencies and industry, and has successfully led multiple collaborative projects with industry and academia. His areas of expertise include: mechanical behavior of materials, in particular materials for power generation and for the conversion, transmission, utilization and storage of energy;

He has authored or co-authored more than 260 papers and 6 U.S. patents, and has given more than 50 invited presentations at national and international meetings.

Lara-Curzio was a member of the Board of Directors of ACerS between * and * and member of the External Advisory Board for the Institute for Materials at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Lara-Curzio is a Fellow of both ACerS and ASTM and a member of Alpha Sigma Mu the International Metallurgical Honorary Society.


2014 FLC Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer
Two R&D100 Awards (2009, 2013)
Arthur Frederick Greaves-Walker Award from ACerS and the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (2009)
Richard M. Fulrath Award from ACerS (2003)
Advanced Ceramics Award from ASTM (2002)
Four Awards of Appreciation from ASTM (1996, 1997, 1999, 2004)
Award of Merit from ASTM (2001); Best R&D Leader Award at ORNL (2003)
ORNL Mentoring Award (2006)
1997 HENAAC Hispanic Engineer of the Year Award for Outstanding Technical Achievements; Medalla al Mérito Universitario (Summa-Cum Laude) from the Autonomous Metropolitan University (Mexico).


M. P. Brady, O. Rios, Y. Jiang, G. M. Ludtka, C. Bridges, J-P. Wang, X. Zhang, L. F. Allard, E. Lara-Curzio, “Applied Magnetic Field Synthesis and Processing of Iron Nitride Magnetic Materials, Application” No. 14/754,284E.
Lara-Curzio, K. An, J. O. Kiggans, N. J. Dudney, C. I. Contescu, F. S. Baker, B.L. Armstrong, “Lightweight, Durable Lead-Acid Batteries, U.S. Patent No. 8,445,138 B2E.
Lara-Curzio, K. An, J. O. Kiggans, N. J. Dudney, C. I. Contescu, F. S. Baker, B.L. Armstrong, “Lightweight, Durable Lead-Acid Batteries, U.S. Patent No. 8,017,273T.
M. Yonushonis, R. J. Stafford, E. Lara-Curzio and A. Shyam, “Apparatus, System and Method for Detecting Cracking within an Aftertreatment Device,” U.S. Patent No. 7,701,231E.
Lara-Curzio, K. L. More, and W. Y. Lee, “Oxidation-Resistant Interfacial Coating for Fiber-Reinforced Ceramic,” U.S. Patent No. 6,322,889.

Specialized Equipment

The Mechanical Properties & Mechanics Group at ORNL is responsible for a large collection of mechanical testing machines to evaluate materials over a broad range of loads and strain rates, length scales, temperatures and environments.