Dr. Alan Hurd is a materials physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he currently coordinates the lab's strategic planning in materials and manufacturing. He returned to the lab recently from the U.S. Department of State where he was as a Franklin Fellow serving the Secretary's Science and Technology Adviser.
He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute and, for over a decade, the Director of the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center at LANSCE. Prior to 2001, Hurd managed and performed materials research at Sandia National Labs and taught physics at Brandeis University. His interests include complex fluids and science policy in an international context. While at Santa Fe Institute, he co-authored the APS-MRS study on energy critical elements, which has informed recent federal legislation. Hurd was the 2007 President of the Materials Research Society, who honored him with the 1999 Woody Award and the 2004 MRS Special Recognition Award from the Board for developing the Strange Matter museum exhibit on international tour since 2003.