James Burns

James Burns is an Associate at Forensic Engineering International and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia.


Air Battle Damage Repair Engineering Course, United States Air Force

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Forensic Engineering International, Associate

United States Air Force (2nd Lieutenant-Captain)

Materials Research Engineer–Air Force Research Laboratory–WP-AFB, OH

Masters of Science Student–AFROTC Detachment 890–UVA

Airframe Structural Engineer–C-130 System Program Office  Robins AFB, GA


Selected as Chairman of the 2020 International Hydrogen Conference

 Reappointed as the Chairman of the organizational and editorial committee for the 2018 Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials Conference

Selected as a member of the organizational and editorial committee for the International Hydrogen Conference

Finalist for the Henry Marion Howe Medal from ASM for the best paper of the year in the Metallurgical and Materials Transactions Journal

Paper was recognized by ScienceDirect as one of the top 25 papers published in International Journal of Fatigue in 2012 US Air Force Commendation Medal

Outstanding performer as an Aircraft Battle Damage Repair Engineer in Operational Readiness Exercises; Warner Robins AFB, GA

Company Grade Officer of the Quarter (2004), and Engineering Team of the Quarter (2003), C-130 Systems Program Office, Warner Robins AFB, GA

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