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Tim Mewes
University of Alabama

Tim Mewes is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He received his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany. He subsequently was a post-doctoral researcher at the Ohio State University before joining the University of Alabama in 2005. His experimental and computational research has spanned a variety of topics in the field of condensed matter physics and material science. His research interests include material growth, magnetic materials, spintronics, and computational material research. His research has been nationally and internationally recognized. In 2010, Dr. Mewes received a National Science Foundation CAREER award for the investigation of the magnetization dynamics and damping in magnetic nanostructures. In 2011, he became a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at the National Institute for Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, and in 2014, he received the IBM Faculty Award. In 2020, he was named Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Magnetics Society.

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Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS)
Operations Planning and Innovation (OPI) Team

In his role as Operations Research Analyst, Dr. Mewes serves as a science advisor for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s (DS) Operations Planning and Innovation (OPI). He works within the DS Director’s staff as part of the OPI unit. In this position, he provides his academic expertise and perspective towards the DS mandate to protect people, property, and information throughout the world. Furthermore, DS provides protection to the Secretary of State and visiting foreign dignitaries, conducts visa and passport fraud investigations, and runs the security operations in all U.S. overseas Embassies and Consulates. Dr. Mewes contributes to DS's mandate through Curriculum Development, Process and Proposal development, Data Analysis, Emergency Planning, and Risk and Hazard Assessments. In his role for DS, he draws on his academic expertise in Physics and Material Science including artificial intelligence, machine learning, critical minerals, radio frequencies (RF) and microwave material characterization, and magnetic materials.