James A Haynes

James A Haynes

Program Manager

Dr. J. Allen Haynes joined the ORNL staff in April 1998. Early career interests focused on development and corrosion/oxidation testing of advanced structural materials and protective coating systems, particularly for extreme environments. His interests began to evolve toward staff development and leadership of applied science programs. He served as a group leader for three research groups within the Materials Science & Technology Division at ORNL from 2014 to 2020.  Presently, Allen's primary role at ORNL is serving as the Consortium Program Manager and PI for the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) Powertrain Materials Core Program multi-lab consortium, which was launched in FY2019 (5 year, $33M award).  The consortium had an original DOE mission of accelerated development of advanced higher temperature alloys for high efficiency internal combustion engines.  In FY2022, the PMCP was given a new mission by DOE, and pivoted 100% of research efforts to advanced structural materials, functional materials, and  advanced manufacturing for electric vehicles, with an emphasis on developing sustainable lightweight materials.  The PMCP was designed with a very unique program structure and an accelerated materials development approach that strategically leverages the unique combinations of world-class materials characterization capabilities and computational skills and resources across multiple national labs. VTO PMCP outcomes in the past 4 years include 95 peer reviewed journal articles (37% in higher impact journals), 10 patents, 5 related CRADAs/SPPs with industry and the Department of Defense, 9 related materials technologies being prototyped to components for full scale engine, motor or dynamometer testing, 4 R&D 100 Award Finalists, and 2 R&D 100 Awards.  Dr. Haynes has over 120 peer reviewed publications, 3 patents, multiple lab-level and DOE awards, 3 R&D 100 Awards - and was identified as being in the top 2% of scientists in the Materials field by a 2020 Stanford University study.   Allen is a veteran of the U.S. Army and is a graduate of the U.S Army Infantry, Airborne, Ranger, Primary Leadership Development, Intelligence, and Jungle Warfare Schools.


  • Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham (1997)
  • M.S. Materials Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham (1994)
  • B.S. Materials Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham (1992)

Research Experience:

  • Consortium Program Manager & Principal Investigator, VTO Powertrain Materials Core Program tri-lab consortium (2018-present)
  • ORNL Program Manager, VTO Light Metals Core Program (2020 - present)
  • ORNL Program Manager, VTO Joining Core Program (2020 - present)
  • ORNL Customer Relations Manager, US Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) (2018 - present)
  • Group Leader, Materials Processing Group, MSTD, ORNL (2018 - 2020)
  • Program Manager, ORNL VTO Propulsion Materials Program (2012 - 2018)
  • Group Leader, Materials Processing & Joining Group, MSTD, ORNL (2016 - 2018) at ORNL
  • Group Leader, Surface Processing & Mechanics Group, MSTD, ORNL (2014 - 2016)
  • Program Manager for the USMC Corrosion Prevention and Control Program at ORNL (2010 - 2012)
  • Part-time research staff, Surface Processing & Mechanics Group, ORNL (2002 - 2009)
  • Research staff, Surface Processing & Mechanics Group, ORNL (1998 - 2002)
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Surface Processing & Mechanics Group, ORNL (1997 - 1998)
  • High Temperature Materials Laboratory Graduate Fellow at ORNL (1993 -1997)

 Professional Activities, Awards & Recent Accomplishments:

  • 2022 R&D 100 Award:  DuAlumin-3D: An Additively Manufactured Dual-Strengthened Aluminum Alloy Designed for Extreme Creep and Fatigue Resistance.
  • Identified as being in top 2% of scientists in the Materials Field (ranked 2,921 of 177,931) by a peer reviewed 2020 Stanford University study.
  • 2020 DOE Office-Level Significant Achievement Team Award (as Tri-Lab Consortium Lead) for Tri-Lab Leadership Team (ORNL, PNNL, ANL) of the VTO Powertrain Materials Core Program, U.S. DOE Vehicle Technologies Office
  • 2018 ORNL UT-Battelle Award for Research Team Accomplishment (Development of ACMZ alloys)
  • 2018, PI for $30M/5 year award from DOE VTO for the Powertrain Materials Core Program
  • 2018, PI for $3.2M/2 year LDRD award for Ultra High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) Systems
  • 2017 R&D 100 Award: ACMZ (AlCuMnZr) Cast Aluminum Alloys
  • 2016 ORNL Significant Event Award
  • 2015 R&D 100 Award: Multifunctional Superhydrophobic Transparent Glass Coating
  • ASM International (Oak Ridge Chair, 2016-2017)
  • Awarded "Best Paper of 2000" by the Journal of the Thermal Spray Society
  • ASM Member (former Oak Ridge chapter Chair, 2016-2017)
  • TMS Member
  • SAE International Member