James Matthew Doyle Lane is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Computational Materials Science and Engineering Dept. (Org. 1814) at Sandia National Laboratories. He earned his B.S. degree at the University of Virginia, and his Ph.D. in Physics in 2005 at the University of Texas at Austin. His supervising professor was Michael Marder. His dissertation was entitled, "A New Continuous Hugoniot Method for the Numerical Study of Shock Waves." Prior to joining Sandia, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at Texas.
His computational research interests are in nanoscale soft condensed matter and far-from-equilibrium systems. His approach to both is influenced heavily by his training in nonlinear dynamics. The work is grounded in fundamental physics, but is strongly motivated by applications in computational chemistry, materials science and engineering mechanics.
Using large-scale molecular dynamics (MD) simulation, Lane studies solids and soft materials at atomic resolution. Massively-parallel MD simulation is a powerful methodology to probe complex structure and dynamics in systems which depend on atom-scale processes. MD simulations provide a more complete molecular-level understanding of phenomena than experiment alone. Additionally, when tied to theory and quantum calculations, MD simulations offer a clearer picture of the emergent phenomenon which arise from larger length scales and added complexity.
Matthew's wife, Maria earned her PhD in geography at the University of Texas at Austin also. She is a professor of geography at the University of New Mexico and director of the R. H. Mallory Center for Community Geography. Maria is a historical geographer who studies environmental knowledge claims. She is particularly interested in maps, science, stories, and the roles they play in creating, challenging, or legitimizing different human-environment understandings. Her projects generally focus on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with regional emphases on the American West, the Spanish & British Caribbean, the arid landscapes of Mars, and places with colonial histories (almost everywhere, then!).
Matthew and Maria have three children.