Dr. James W. McCauley was sworn in July 1 at the Harford County courthouse as a new member of the Harford Community College Board of Trustees, serving as representative for county council District F.
The HCC board also announced the re-election of Dr. James J. Valdes as chairman and Richard D. Norling as vice chairman.
McCauley, a Havre de Grace resident, 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. He also completed an executive MBA program at Northeastern University.
Until his retirement in May 2013, McCauley was senior research engineer in ceramics – chief scientist in materials – at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and is currently 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, McCauley served as dean 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.
McCauley's awards and recognition include two Army Research and Development awards, the 2007 Senior Scientific-Professional Employee Presidential Rank Award and the Army's Lifetime Achievement Award.
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.
He has served on multiple boards and committees and has been active in the community, according to the HCC news release about the McCauley appointment.
Valdes, the board chairman, joined the HCC trustees in 2007 and was most recently reappointed to the board in 2013. He became chairman that year and previously served three years as board vice chairman.
Valdes retired in January from the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, where he had served as the senior biological scientist and adviser to the U. S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Group. He is also senior research fellow at the National Defense University's Center for Technology and National Security Policy. He served 32 years in the federal civil service.
Norling has served on the HCC board since 2009. He is the owner of Deer Creek Farm in Darlington, is legislative director for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and a former chairman of the Harford County Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission. and