NRL's Dr. Donald Gubser Named IEEE Senior Member

6/1/2004 - 23-04r
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Dr. Donald Gubser, head of the Materials Science and Technology Division at the Naval Research Laboratory, has been named a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Less than 10% of the total membership of the IEEE -- approximately 300,000 people --are elected to the rank of Senior Member. Within the IEEE, the grade of Senior Member is the highest level for which application may be made and it requires "experience reflecting professional maturity."

Following graduation from the University of Illinois with a Ph.D. Physics in 1969, Dr. Gubser was employed by NRL as a research physicist. His initial research projects involved the design and construction of a dilution refrigeration facility at NRL and the use of the facility to conduct basic studies on the properties of superconducting materials. In 1976 Dr. Gubser spent one year on Advanced Graduate Training at the Swiss Federal Technical University (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, studying high pressure effects on superconducting materials.

In 1981 Dr. Gubser became head of the Metal Physics Branch at NRL, which encompassed research in the areas of superconductivity and magnetism. Dr. Gubser was on detail to National Science Foundation from September 1985 through August 1986 where he was Head of the Condensed Matter Sciences Section. In December 1986, Dr. Gubser returned to NRL and began a new laboratory-wide initiative on High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) compounds.

Dr. Gubser was founder and chairperson of the Naval Consortia for Superconductivity, advisor on superconductivity programs at other government agencies, and has served on many national scientific panels. He was one of the initiators of the NRL High Temperature Superconductivity Space Experiment (HTSSE) that focused much of the early work in HTS applications toward space-related electronic devices. He is currently leading efforts aimed at using HTS power components such as motors, generators, and transformers, to provide greater efficiency and power density for the future Naval warship. Dr Gubser is presently the Distinguished Lecturer for the Council of Superconductivity, a council of the IEEE. He is also co-editor of the Journal for Superconductivity.

From 1978 through 1996 Dr. Gubser was an adjunct professor at The George Washington University and The Catholic University of America. He has served on the boards of the International Cryogenic Materials Conference and the Applied Superconductivity Conference. He has also served as technical advisor to many university and research groups.

Dr. Gubser was awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1983 for his scientific and leadership accomplishments. He was subsequently awarded the Senior Executive Meritorious Service Award in 1992 for his leadership at NRL. Dr. Gubser is a Fellow in the American Physical Society (APS).

Dr. Gubser was selected as Superintendent of the Materials Sciences and Technology Division at NRL in 1987. This division comprises 150 scientists and support staff conducting research in a wide variety of disciplines including condensed matter physics, materials science, and technology development.

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