Dr. Timothy Coffey Wins Captain Robert Dexter Conrad Award

8/24/2000 - 53-00r
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Dr. Timothy Coffey, Director of Research at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), is the recipient of the Captain Robert Dexter Conrad Award for Scientific Achievement. He was presented the award by Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig on August 24, 2000.

The award is named in honor of Captain Robert Dexter Conrad, who was a primary architect of the Navy's basic research program and the head of the Planning Division of the Office of Naval Research at the time of its establishment. It is designed to recognize and award outstanding technical and scientific achievement in research and development for the Department of the Navy (DON).

As Director of Research at NRL, Dr. Coffey oversees research and development expenditures of approximately $800 million per year. Since joining NRL in 1971, Dr. Coffey has served in the positions of head of the Plasma Dynamics Branch of the Plasma Physics Division; superintendent of the Plasma Physics Division, and Associate Director of Research for General Science and Technology. Before coming to NRL, Dr. Coffey worked for EG&G, Inc. Dr. Coffey's personal research has involved the theory of nonlinear oscillations, the theory of electron beam plasma interaction, and the study of plasma processes in the earth's ionosphere.

In receiving this award, Dr. Coffey is recognized for "his exceptional ability to promote an innovative environment at, and foster the scientific breakthroughs of, the Department of Defense's premier laboratory ­ the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. As a 'world-class' technical manager, Dr. Coffey's contributions to defense and naval technology policy and his ability to continually enable world-leading science and technology developments have gained sustained recognition from the Defense Department, the Federal Government, academia, industry, and the international defense and scientific communities."

Dr. Coffey received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering form the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962. He then received a master of science in physics in 1963 and a Ph.D. in physics in 1967, both from the University of Michigan. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Franklin Institute, and the Washington Academy of Science. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Sigma Xi. In 1981, Dr. Coffey was awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive. In 1987 and in 1995, he was awarded the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive. He was the recipient of the Delmer S. Fahrney Medal in 1991, and received the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 1991. And in 1996, Dr. Coffey was awarded the Executive Excellence Award for Distinguished Executive Service by the Senior Executives Association Professional Development League.

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