Two NRL Scientists Receive TTCP Awards

8/18/2003 - 58-03w
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Two NRL scientists have received an Achievement Award from The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP), an international consortium dedicated to fostering collaborative research efforts in defense science involving Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Dr. Robert Brady, a chemist recently retired from the Chemistry Division, and Mr. Gregory Nichols, an engineer in the Tactical Electronic Warfare Division, were the award recipients.

The awards were presented to Dr. Brady and Mr. Nichols by the TTCP's Subcommittee on Non-Atomic Military Research and Development (NAMRAD). Dr. Brady was recognized for his contributions to the work of the Polymers, Adhesives, and Coatings Technical Panel of the Materials Technology and Processes Group. Mr. Nichols was recognized for his contributions to the work of the Electronic Support Systems Technical Panel of the Electronic Warfare Systems Group.

Dr. Brady was cited for "the development of ship exterior coatings that reflect a large proportion of incident solar energy while maintaining all the desirable physical, chemical, and environmental properties of existing paints."

According to the citation, extensive fleet trials have confirmed a number of operational benefits of the new coatings; for example, reduced solar adsorption, which leads to reduced demand on air conditioning systems and therefore improved crew comfort, morale, and endurance; and significantly reduced IR signature under daytime conditions. The new coatings represent millions of dollars in savings to the Navy and taxpayers. The Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and U.S. navies have adopted these paints for a variety of applications.

Dr. Brady came to work at NRL in 1982 following positions at the National Bureau of Standards, the U.S. Customs Service, and the General Service Administration. At NRL, Dr. Brady formulated, patented, and introduced to the fleet a wide range of high performance marine coatings. Among these are nonskid coatings for aircraft carrier flight and hangar decks, fluorinated polyurethane coatings for submarine antennas, epoxy linings to eliminate corrosion/erosion in copper-alloy piping, low solar absorbance (LSA) haze-gray exterior topcoats and LSA light-gray gelcoats for composite components used for electronics enclosures. His other interests included high-solids epoxy and urethane coatings, and nontoxic coatings based on silicone and fluorinated resins which limit or prevent the attachment of marine fouling.

For one year, starting in July 1990, Dr. Brady was a visiting scientist at the Defense Aeronautical and Maritime Research Laboratories in Melbourne, Australia. While he was there, he collaborated with defense scientists on problems of mutual interest. From 1993 to 1999, he served as the U.S. National Leader of Technical Panel 6 on Polymers, Adhesives, and Coatings of TTCP. Dr. Brady retired from NRL in December 2001.

Dr. Brady has received a Roon Award from the Federation of Societies for Coating Technology (first place, 1992) and the Gordon Award from the Chemical Society of Washington (1993). He has also received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award (1997), Technology Transfer Award (1996), NRL Sigma Xi Award for Applied Research (1994) and an NRL Alan Berman Research Publication Award (1986). He has published more than 290 papers and reports of chemical research, holds 10 patents and speaks frequently on coatings science and technology.

Dr. Brady is a member of the American Chemical Society, Alpha Chi Sigma, Sigma Xi, The Society for Protective Coatings, and the Washington Paint Technical Group, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (London). Dr. Brady earned his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of Virginia.

Mr. Nichols was cited for making "a significant contribution in extending specific emitter identification capabilities to military radars with non-magnetron transmitters which represent the vast majority of modern military radar designs." According to the citation, the team's success is the result of combining sound theoretical work in digital signal processing, contributions to the development of the underlying digital receiver architectures, and experimentation supported by multiple data collections and trials.

Mr. Nichols came to work at NRL in 1987. He is a project manager in NRL's Tactical Electronic Warfare Division. His research includes developing systems for radar signal processing; Specific Emitter Identification (SEI) using advanced techniques; design of high-speed digital logic circuits and Field Programmable Gate Arrays; and transitioning R&D technology to deployed systems on U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels.

Mr. Nichols graduated from Lehigh University in 1987 with a degree in computer engineering. He has received the NRL Technology Transfer Award (1997) and an NRL Special Act Award for transitioning SEI technology to the Fleet (1998). He is a member of the Association of Old Crows.

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