Dan J. Thoma received his BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Unversity of Cincinnati. During that time, he worked at NASA-Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, OH. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received his MS and PhD degrees in metallurgical engineering. Dr. Thoma has been employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory since 1992, where he is currently the team leader and project leader for Alloy Design and Development within the Metallurgy Group in the Materials Science and Technology Division. Dr. Thoma is very active in professional society activities. He is a current member of TMS, ASM, MRS, and ACerS. Within TMS he has served two terms on the Board of Directors as programming director. In addition, he is the chair of the Solidification Committee and serves on the Powder Materials Committee and the Nuclear Materials Committee. He has also served on the Education Committee and MPMD. Dr. Thoma is the 2003 TMS president.