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William L. Hamm, Jr.
William L. Hamm is a board member of Materials Design®.
Bill recently retired from the Knolls Atomic Power Lab (KAPL) after a 41 plus year career in nuclear materials engineering and manufacturing in support of the Nuclear Navy. He was the GE executive at KAPL in charge of structural materials engineering, including managing fabrication and welding laboratories. He also spent five years in the field, supervising reactor component manufacturing at United Nuclear Corporation. In the early ’90’s, Bill initiated and grew the computational materials science effort at KAPL and has worked closely with Materials Design® since its inception. He has also been responsible for advanced fuel and poison element development for the Trident fleet.
Bill was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but was raised in Brooklyn, NY, and Highland Lakes, NJ. Bill has a BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now part of NYU), and a MS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, and won GE’s Power Systems Sector Engineering Award for improving the stress corrosion resistance of nickel based alloys.
Bill and his wife Karen have three grown sons and one grandson. In addition to traveling to visit their widely dispersed family in Boston, Chicago and Minneapolis, Bill and Karen enjoy time in Highland Lakes, NJ and Naples, Florida. Bill enjoys tennis, boating, golf, skin diving, traveling, and hiking.