Dr. Aaron Forster is a Materials Research Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg MD. Dr. Forster’s research interests include the effects of the local environment (surface energy, water, confinement, dispersion, temperature) on polymer viscoelasticity and energy dissipation processes in advanced polymers and composites. His group develops in-situ characterization methods that support better predict models of mechanical and fracture properties as a function of time, length scale, and rate. Recently, he supports NIST efforts in the dynamic characterization of impact mitigating material properties for personal protection. Dr. Forster is active in many professional societies and an active journal reviewer.