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Ed Begley
National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive Stop 8630
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8630
(301) 975-6118
begley@nist.gov

Recognition
2001 United States Department of Commerce
Bronze Medal
1995 National Institute of Standards and Technology
Measurement Services Award
1992 United States Department of Commerce
Pioneer Grant

Selected Publications
Begley, E.F., "NISTIR 6939 MatML Version 3.0 Schema," National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, January 2003.

Sturrock, C.P., Begley, E.F., and Kaufman, J.G., "NISTIR 6785 MatML - Materials Markup Language Workshop Report," National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, August 2001.

Begley, E.F. and Sturrock, C.P., "MatML: XML for Materials Property Data," Advanced Materials and Processes, 158, 72-74, November 2000.

Begley, E.F. and Sturrock, C.P., "MatML: An XML for Standardizing Web-Based Materials Property Data," JOM, 52, 56, July 2000. (Invited paper)

Begley, E.F. and Munro, R.G., "WebSCD: The World Wide Web Version of the NIST Structural Ceramics Database," published on the Web at www.ceramics.nist.gov/srd/scd/scdquery.htm, 1998.

Quinn, G.D., Swab, J., and Begley, E.F., "Characterization of Fracture Origins in Advanced Ceramic Materials," published on the Web at www.ceramics.nist.gov/webbook/fracture/fracture.htm, 1998.

Begley, E.F. and Munro, R.G., "WebHTS: The World Wide Web Version of the NIST High-Temperature Superconducting Materials Database," published on the Web at www.ceramics.nist.gov/srd/hts/htsquery.htm, 1997.

Sturrock, C.P. and Begley, E.F., Editors, Computerization and Networking of Materials Databases: Fourth Volume, ASTM STP 1257, American Society for Testing and Materials, Philadelphia, PA., 1995.

Begley, E.F. and Sturrock, C.P., "Matching Information Technologies with the Objectives of Materials Data Users," pp. 253-280 in Computerization and Networking of Materials Databases: Fourth Volume, ASTM STP 1257, Edited by C.P. Sturrock and E.F. Begley, American Society for Testing and Materials, Philadelphia, PA., 1995.

Begley, E.F. "Chapter 2: Program Infrastructure," pp. 13-26 in Manual on the Building of Materials Databases, ASTM MNL 19, Edited by Crystal H. Newton, American Society for Testing and Materials, Philadelphia, PA., 1993. (Invited chapter)

Begley, E.F. and Dapkunas, S.J., "A Guide to Locating and Accessing Computerized Numeric Materials Databases," Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, 2, 881-886, December 1993.

Begley, E.F. and Lindsay, C.G., "A Multimedia Tutorial on Phase Equilibria Diagrams," Ceramic Bulletin, 72, 103-104, December 1993.

Begley, E.F. and Munro, R.G., "Issues in the Development of an Advanced Ceramic Materials Selector Expert System," pp. 272-289 in Computerization and Networking of Materials Databases: Third Volume, ASTM STP 1140, Edited by Thomas I. Barry and Keith W. Reynard, American Society for Testing and Materials, Philadelphia, PA., 1992.

Munro, R.G. and Begley, E.F., "Materials Property Database Requirements for Gas-Fueled Ceramic Heat Exchangers," pp. 259-267 in Computerization and Networking of Materials Databases: Second Volume, ASTM STP 1106, Edited by J.G. Kaufman and J.S. Glazman, American Society for Testing and Materials, Philadelphia, PA., 1991.

Munro, R.G. and Begley, E.F., "The Structural Ceramics Database: Data Acquisition Format for Monolithic Ceramics," Journal of Testing and Evaluation, 19, 250-255, May 1991.

Munro, R.G., Begley, E.F., and Baker, T.L., "Strength and Deficiencies in Published Advanced Ceramics Data," Ceramic Bulletin, 69, 1498-1502, September 1990.

Munro, R.G. and Begley, E.F., "Computerization of Materials Property Data for Composite Ceramics," pp. 3-12 in The Proceedings of the 14th Conference on Metal Matrix, Carbon, and Ceramic Matrix Composites, NASA Conference Publication 3097 Part 1, 1990.

After receiving his degree in Mathematical Sciences* from Stanford University, Ed Begley Image of Stanford Quad and Foothills from Palm Drive was hired by the Center for Information Technology (now Information Technology Systems & Services) at Stanford where he was a software engineer, systems analyst, and technical consultant for a wide variety of large-scale applications, including:
  • a collaborative project with the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) (now U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) for tracking and managing hazardous chemicals used at Stanford
  • a collaborative project with the Peninsula Library System in six Northern California counties (San Mateo, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Alameda, Marin, and Santa Clara) for providing free public access to the Community Information Program database of agencies offering support to victims of rape, domestic violence and abuse, medical crises, and poverty
  • a collaborative project with the California State Department of Education which tracked certification and funding requirements for California's public education system
  • donor dossier, pledge, and gift tracking system for 250,000 alumni and friends Image of Forsythe Hall at Stanford of Stanford which was central to the successful outcome of the University's 1991 $1.1 billion fundraising Centennial Campaign, the largest fundraising effort in the history of higher education to that point in time
  • a collaborative project, Materials Information for Science and Technology (MIST), with the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST), the U.S. Department of Energy, the Materials Property Data Network, Inc., and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory to develop a sophisticated, open-ended, materials database and thesaurus
  • a collaborative project with the National Bureau of Standards and the Materials Property Data Network, Inc. to convert several materials property databases for use in the MIST project including the Electric Power Research Institute's Pressure Vessel Steels database and the U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Metals database
In 1988, Begley was hired by NIST as computer scientist to develop software for the NIST Structural Ceramics Database (SCD), a collaborative project with NIST's Standard Reference Data Program (SRD), The Gas Research Institute, and The Pennsylvania State University's Center for Advanced Materials. He also developed software for the NIST High Temperature Superconducting Materials Database (HTS), a collaborative project with SRD and the National Research Institute for Metals in Japan. In addition, Begley conducted the statistical analysis for the International Energy Agency Subtask 6 round robin for the "Development and Testing of Procedures for Characterization of Ceramic Powders." In October 1993, he co-chaired the NIST/American Society for Testing and Materials Fourth International Symposium on the Computerization and Networking of Materials Databases. During the last several years, he has provided technical guidance and consulting for the modernization of the Phase Diagram Database, a collaborative project with SRD and the American Ceramic Society, initiated the development of multimedia software for the use and interpretation of phase equilibria diagrams, provided technical consulting on a wide range of materials informatics issues, implemented the Ceramics WebBook, developed the Fractography website as well as ported HTS and SCD to the World Wide Web (WebHTS and WebSCD) through funding from the Systems Integration for Manufacturing Applications Program (SIMA)

From 1999 - 2002, Begley was project leader for MatML, an extensible markup language for the exchange of materials property data. He chaired the June 2001 international Workshop on the Technical and Strategic Future of MatML and now serves as Lead Technical Expert on the MatML Steering Committee.

In December 2001, Begley received the U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for the development of the Ceramics WebBook.

At present, he is developing a standards-based information infrastructure supporting the design, analysis, specification, procurement, installation, operation, and maintenance of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems.

*Mathematical Sciences was an interdisciplinary program emphasizing breadth and depth of knowledge in four areas: pure mathematics, statistics, computer science, and operations research. Image of Stanford Mathematics Corner

"Pure mathematics consists entirely of such asservations as that, if such and such a proposition is true of anything, then such and such another proposition is true of that thing. It is essential not to discuss whether the first proposition is really true, and not to mention what the anything is of which it is supposed to be true.... If our hypothesis is about anything and not about some one or more particular things, then our deductions constitute mathematics. Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true."
Bertrand Russell

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