Dr. Dhananjay Kumar is currently an ORNL Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University (NCAT). He is an internationally recognized researcher for his pioneering contributions in the area of thin film materials science. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has over one thousand citations of his publications. He has developed a pulsed laser deposition assisted synthesis method for self-assembly of nanophase materials which earned him several open competition grants from NSF such as NER, NIRT, NUE, and MRI. He is presently working in the ERC at NCAT in the area of materials development and coatings.