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Keith E. Wagner

Senior Materials Scientist

Keith Wagner is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Physics and Physical Metallurgy. He has over 30 years of experience and is currently a Senior Materials Scientist with supervisory and technical responsibilities focused on industrial problem solving, forensic materials investigations and failure analysis for commercial, legal and governmental clientele. He has conducted materials evaluations on all classes of materials. Mr. Wagner has also published and presented on materials processing and failure analysis in the areas of metallic alloy systems, concrete and structural materials, nanotechnology, CO2 sequestration, particle and residual materials analysis, corrosion, wear and applications of various materials characterization techniques.

Mr. Wagner’s responsibilities have also included research, development and evaluation of a variety of mission critical defense systems and components. He was previously involved in various Nuclear Survivability Programs addressing thermo-mechanical, transient radiation and electromagnetic effects on materials, devices and systems. Mr. Wagner was co-author of the Tech Based Master Plan describing Nuclear Weapon Effects on Next Generation and Notional Systems. He has also investigated improvements for solid state components and memory device failures employed in missile navigation systems. Mr. Wagner has been involved in numerous prototype development and research projects dealing with device/component testing and accelerated life testing.

Mr. Wagner has authored numerous technical reports and client deliverable documents. He has published in technical and peer reviewed literature and has provided expert testimony in state and federal court.

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Education History

  1. 1993

    Advanced Microscopy Studies

    Lehigh University
  2. 1985

    B.S., Physics and Physical Metallurgy

    Pennsylvania State University

Professional Experience

  1. 1990 - Present
    Senior Materials Scientist
    RJ Lee Group, Inc.
  2. 1989 - 1990
    Research Metallurgist
    Westmoreland Mechanical Testing and Research
  3. 1987 - 1989
    Senior Engineer
    Booz-Allen and Hamilton, Inc.
  4. 1985 - 1987
    Senior Technologist
    Comsat Laboratories

Memberships & Awards

  • Member
    ASM International
  • Member
    American Welding Society
  • Member
    Electronic Device and Failure Analysis Society
  • Past Member
    National Research Council (TRB Committee A2EO6)
  • Past Chapter Treasurer
    Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS), Washington, D.C.,