Dr. David Singh Receives E.O. Hulburt Award


9/6/2003 - 51-03r
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Dr. David Singh, a research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), has received the E. O. Hulburt Annual Science Award. This award is NRL's highest civilian honor for scientific achievement. Dr. Singh was recognized for "outstanding contributions to the development and application of first principles methods in materials science, and for imaginative approaches in understanding and discovery of novel materials for Navy use."

Dr. Singh serves as the head of the Theory of Functional Materials Section. He is a key player in the research of NRL's Center for Computational Materials Science. The Center uses theory with a computational emphasis to understand properties of complex materials and find novel high performance materials. Dr. Singh is an expert on density functional based methods, particularly the linearized augmented planewave (LAPW) method and its extensions, on which he has written the only book, as well as the planewave-pseudopotential methods. His expertise in these methods, his abilities in applying them and his insights in condensed matter physics, have allowed him to make very substantial contributions to the scientific activity of the Center and the community at large.

Dr. Singh's research has shown the predictive power of the two methods - LAPW method and planewave-pseudopotential method -- by applying them to diverse materials and phenomena. These calculations have led to new understandings of materials of interest to the Navy and have demonstrated the capability of predicting properties prior to their experimental determination. This opens the door to designing novel material using theory, an endeavor in which Dr. Singh is actively involved.

Dr. Singh received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Ottawa, in 1980 and 1985 respectively. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the College of William and Mary from 1985 to 1988 and then came to NRL in 1988. Dr. Singh is the author of more than 200 scientific papers and a book titled Planewaves, Pseudopotentials and the LAPW Method. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society. Dr. Singh received Alan Berman Research Publication Awards in 1993, 1994, and 1998. He won the NRL Technology Transfer Award in 1998 and the Sigma Xi Pure Science Award in 2000.



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