Dr. Gary Prinz Receives Presidential Rank Award for Senior Professional

6/28/2005 - 30-05r
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Dr. Gary Prinz, who recently retired as the director of the Institute for Nanoscience at the Naval Research Laboratory, is a recipient of the 2004 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Senior Professional. Each year, the President recognizes and celebrates a small group of career Senior Executives with the President's Rank Award for exceptional long-term accomplishments. The 2003 awards were the first to include the senior professional category, recognizing members of the Scientific and Professional Corps, as well as those from the Senior Executive Service. Winners of this prestigious award are strong leaders, professionals, and scientists who achieve results and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry, and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service. Dr. Prinz's nomination recognizes him "as having led the effort to integrate the properties of magnetic materials and semiconductors into planar electronic devices". The nomination notes that he named this field "magnetoelectronics," a term that is now used world wide.

Dr. Prinz has been active in the field of solid state magnetism for over thirty years. Starting in 1980, he pioneered the epitaxial growth of magnetic materials on semiconductors. In recognition of that contribution, he was presented a Sigma Xi Applied Physics Award in 1983, was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1984, and was elected to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars in 1991.

Dr. Prinz is the founding Director of the Institute for Nanoscience at NRL. Following his advocacy, the Institute was established in February 2001 to conduct multidisciplinary research at the intersection of the fields of materials, electronics and biology at the nanometer-length scale. The Institute provides scientific leadership for the Navy and Department of Defense to identify and exploit those cross-disciplinary opportunities at this length scale that had been previously inaccessible, specifically for application in electronics, computers, biological and chemical sensors, communications and detectors.

He has delivered nearly 100 invited lectures at national and international meetings, universities and research laboratories in North America, Europe and Asia. He was the General Chairman for the 1998 Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials; served as Chairman of the Management Advisory Committee of the National Consortium for Microwave Ferrites; organized the National Consortium for Applications of Giant Magnetoresistance; served as the first chairman of the Board of Directors of the Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Inc.; was the Guest Editor for the April 1995 issue of Physics Today devoted to "Magnetoelectronic," authoring the article "Spin Polarized Electronics"; and currently serves as Advisory Editor to the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. He has published over 170 papers in refereed scientific literature, as well as several book chapters and invited articles in international journals, and has been awarded 10 patents. He has received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award; NRL's highest basic research award, the E.O. Hulburt Award; three Edison Awards for best invention of the year; and six NRL Research Publication Awards.

In 1960, Dr. Prinz received his B.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a General Motors Scholar. He then went to Johns Hopkins University and graduated with a Ph.D. in physics in 1966. He worked as a post-doc at John Hopkins from 1966 to 1967 and then was hired as an NRL employee in 1967.

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