Dr. James W. McCauley was sworn in on July 1 at the Harford County Court House as a new member of the Harford Community College Board of Trustees, serving as representative for District F.

Dr. McCauley earned a B.S. in geology from St. Joseph’s College in Indiana, and an M.S. in mineralogy and Ph.D. in solid state science (crystallography) from The Pennsylvania State University.  In addition, he completed an Executive MBA program at Northeastern University.

Until his retirement in May 2013, Dr. McCauley was senior research engineer (ST) in ceramics (Chief Scientist in Materials) at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL); he is now in an emeritus/guest researcher position at ARL.  He also was the cooperative agreement manager of the metals and ceramics Materials Centers of Excellence at Johns Hopkins, Rutgers, and Penn State Universities for 17 years.

Prior to his work at ARL, Dr. McCauley served as dean (SUNY Unit Head/President) and professor of ceramic engineering of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, where he managed the Engineering School, Visual Fine Arts School, and Scholes Library of Ceramics.  He was employed at the Army Materials Technology Laboratory for 22 years, serving as founding chief of the Materials Characterization Division and Materials Science Branch, and as Liaison Scientist, Army Research Office, in Tokyo.  He was also an adjunct professor at Boston University.

He is the author or co-author of 130 open literature publications and 63 Government reports; presented 331 oral presentations, including many plenary presentations; is the editor/co-editor of 12 books; and holds five patents.

His awards and recognition include two Army Research and Development awards, the 2007 Senior Scientific-Professional (ST) Employee Presidential Rank Award and the Army’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  Dr. McCauley is a Past President, Fellow and Distinguished Life Member of the American Ceramic Society.  He was the co-founder of the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology.

Over the years, he has served on multiple boards and committees and has been active in the community.