Ryan M Paul

R&D Associate, Carbon and Composites

Ryan M Paul is a R&D Associate in the Carbon and Composites group in the Chemical Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has a B.E. and M.S. from Youngstown State University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.  Prior to joining ORNL, Ryan spent over nine years in industry, as Associate Director of R&D and materials scientist at GrafTech International Holdings Inc., in Cleveland, OH.  At GrafTech, he led the commercialization of several new products and processes using advanced materials science understanding and intelligently applied modeling and simulation tools. From 2014-17, he was Principal Investigator for a US Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office cooperative agreement (DE-EE0005779) named "Low-Cost Bio-Based Carbon Fibers for High-Temperature Processing", a collaboration with ORNL.

Ryan is internationally recognized in the field of carbon materials science. He is a prolific technical writer and speaker, with 11 publications, 6 invited talks, 26 public presentations, and 30 GrafTech proprietary internal technical memoranda. He is co-inventor on two patent applications.

He is passionate about mentoring and inspiring others in science and engineering for both industry and academic roles, and promoting scientific literacy. He serves on the advisory board for the American Carbon Society and the Ohio Academy of Science, and was an active executive committee member for the Cleveland Chapter of ASM International, and now for the Oak Ridge Chapter.  He was named a STEM Exemplar by the Believe in Ohio Program. His awards include the Technical Achievement Award by the Cleveland Technical Societies Council, the Young Members Award by ASM Cleveland, and the Chairperson’s Award by ASM Cleveland.  In recognition of his achievements in carbon materials science, the American Carbon Society selected him as the prestigious Graffin Lecturer for 2021.