ASM Los Alamos Chapter Spring Banquet (+ Guest Speaker Dan Hooks!)

When:  Apr 25, 2024 from 17:45 to 21:00 (MT)
Associated with  Los Alamos Chapter Community

Please join us for the ASM Los Alamos Chapter Spring Meeting/Banquet. RSVP info has been added below. This will be our traditional Spring awards banquet, and will include an exciting talk from Dr. Dan Hooks! 


  • 5:45p Social Hour
  • 6:30p Dinner
  • 7:30p Talk

Dinner will be a buffet of awesomeness from Pig and Fig Cafe (where the event will be held). The buffet includes appetizers, mains, and desserts, and already includes choices for vegetarians and gluten free. Allergies/sensitivities will be noted near the buffet items.

Dinner + one drink ticket:
  • $15 for Members and Guests
  • $25 for Non-Members and Guests
  • $5 for Students



  • Dr. Daniel Hooks, LANL
  • Title: "Shiny object panacea: beneath the surface science"
  • Abstract: It has long been common practice to assess the qualities of materials based upon outward appearance. In materials science, even when bulk material properties are the functional goal, it remains common to assess properties through looking at the surface. Surface properties are the interface to the surroundings, at the least, and can have passive (passivating?) influence on engineering design – for example in corrosion of structural members. Surfaces can also ascribe many functional qualities in many applications, ranging from friction and wear to materials compatibility. Los Alamos has an industrial scale surface finishing facility and is unique in that it is adjacent to both world-class materials manufacturing and characterization tools, and a nanotechnology facility. We thus have the ability to understand a process at the nano-scale and then scale it up to industrial relevance. The finishing facility was recently renovated after 60 years, and this capability will be described. Examples of research will be described, which may include (1) wear resistant coatings with incorporated nanomaterials commonly used in high-end bicycles, (2) design, characterization, and manufacture of ultra-black coatings for an interstellar space mission, (3) new approaches to bring previously impossible coatings to practical reality, and (4) developing methods to achieve expected surface properties from additively manufactured metals – which is a severe challenge in creating a shiny object.
  • Bio: Dan Hooks has been a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in various roles for 24 years. After a post-doc in bioscience, he spent ~15 years in explosives research and development. He has been focused on electrochemistry, surfaces, and coatings for the past 7 years, applying previous industrial experience in electroplating to rebuild the team and capability for manufacturing research and development in this area. He is also an affiliate scientist with the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, performing research on highly diverse projects. With a career arc spanning “the materials science of the weird”, he also spent time at an industrial electroplater and at Oscar Mayer, assessing corrosion failures at the onset of the low-fat meat craze. Dan has >100 publications on a variety of topics with >3000 citations. Actively involved in collaborative and student programs throughout his career, he was formerly an Adjunct Professor at Washington State University, is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and advisory committee member at Georgetown University and Purdue University. He has BS and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and University of Minnesota, respectively.

Hope to see you there! 


Pig and Fig Cafe
11 Sherwood Blvd
White Rock, NM 87547
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