NEWS | Oct. 14, 2015

NRL Scientist Receives the Numa Manson Medal

By Ashley Wall

Dr. Jay Boris, Chief Scientist for Computational Physics, working in the Laboratories for Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), has received the Numa Manson Medal for distinguished contributions to the dynamics of explosions and reactive systems. Established in 1975 by the Institute for the Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems, the award recognizes mature scientists whom are distinguished by lifelong accomplishments elucidating the prominent features of the dynamics of explosions and reactive systems.

Dr. Boris was recognized for Flux-Corrected Transport (FCT) and Monotone Integrated Large Eddy Simulation (MILES), theoretical and numerical techniques that he developed at NRL. These reactive flow techniques have been instrumental in uncovering key aspects of the dynamics of explosions and reactive systems over the past three decades by scientists at NRL and around the World and have also allowed NRL to develop the instant-response CT-Analyst model for urban defense against airborne weapons mass destruction.

Dr. Boris plans and leads research on advanced analytical and numerical capabilities and their engineering applications to solve problems vital to the Department of Navy (DoN), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the nation. His responsibilities include the development of advanced computing architectures for parallel processing and the applied mathematics relevant to creating unique new solution methods.

A Charter Member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) since 1979, Dr. Boris has been a member of the civil service for 44 years. He was Director of the Laboratory for Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics, from 1978 to 2011 when he converted to a Scientific and Technical (ST) position and then attached as NRL Chief Scientist, to the Laboratories for Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics (LCP&FD). Boris joined the NRL in 1971 as a senior consultant in the Plasma Physics Division. From 1975 to 1978 he was head of NRL's Plasma Dynamics Branch. He received the bachelor's degree in physics (1964) and master's and Ph.D. degrees in astrophysical sciences (1968) from Princeton University. He then joined Princeton's Plasma Physics Laboratory before coming to NRL.