Sigma Xi's Applied Science Award goes to Joseph Friebele

6/19/1996 - 62-96r
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Washington, DC --- Dr. E. Joseph Friebele, a supervisory research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL's) Optical Science Division, is the 1996 winner of the NRL Sigma Xi's Applied Science Award.

Dr. Friebele was cited "for his outstanding contributions in optical materials, especially in the area of radiation effects on optical fibers, which has led to hardening against nuclear radiation by optimizing fabrication parameters, and contributions towards the development of novel techniques for writing Bragg gratings in fibers for smart structure applications."

Dr. Friebele is a supervisory research physicist and Head of the Optical Materials Section in the Optical Physics Branch of the Optical Sciences Division. He received his B.S. in physics and mathematics from Davidson College, Davidson, NC, in 1968 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, in 1970 and 1973.

Dr. Friebele was a National Research Council Research Associate at NRL from 1973 to 1975. Since 1975, he has been an NRL employee and has served part time as a program manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Dr Friebele's research interests include the development of optical fibers for sensors in smart structures, the effects of radiation on optical fiber waveguide and optical materials, new optical materials for advanced systems, nonlinear optical materials, and defect centers in glass and glass ceramics. He has authored or co-authored over 225 publications in scientific journals and books, has presented more than 100 papers at US and foreign scientific meetings, including numerous invited talks, and holds six patents.

Dr. Friebele has been a Scoutmaster for eight years, and he enjoys sailboat racing, basketball, soccer, hiking and camping.

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