Arvid Pasto is currently Director, C3/Oak Ridge. He retired in February 2007 as Director, High Temperature Materials Laboratory, and Manager of EERE and Technology Programs, Metals and Ceramics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prior to this, Arvid was Leader, Ceramic Processing Group from 1992 to 1993, and from 1991 to 1992, a Technical Staff Member of the Ceramic Processing Group.
Previous experience includes eleven years (1980 - 1991) at the corporate R&D center of GTE Laboratories Inc. in Waltham, MA, as a staff member and research group leader, developing structural ceramics for application in advanced heat engines. From 1972 - 1980 Arvid was in the Metals and Ceramics Division of ORNL, developing nuclear fuels and ceramic neutron absorber materials for various reactor concepts.
His degrees are from the State University of New York, College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and include a B.S. in Ceramic Science in 1967, an M.S. in Ceramics in 1969, and a Ph. D. in Ceramics in 1972. Arvid is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society; is on the Advisory Board for the Materials Science and Engineering Dept. of Virginia Tech; and served on the Advisory Board for the Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology at Alfred University; as well as the Board of Directors of, and Vice Chairman and Chair of Membership Committee of (2003), the US Advanced Ceramics Association.
Dr. Pasto is a mineralogist by hobby, and has written the definitive English-language book on the mineral fluorite. He has intensively studied the anthropogenic global warming literature, and prepared two major presentations on the topic: one highly technical, and the other more appropriate for general audiences.