Dr. Gerald Borsuk Receives Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive

7/18/2006 - 39-06r
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Dr. Gerald M. Borsuk, Superintendent of the Electronics Science and Technology Division at the Naval Research Laboratory, is a recipient of the 2005 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive. Annually, the President recognizes a small group of career Senior Executives with the President's Rank Award for exceptional accomplishments. Winners of this prestigious award are strong leaders who achieve outstanding professional results and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry, and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service.

The Presidential Rank Award recognizes Dr. Borsuk for his outstanding leadership of state-of-the-art research and development (R&D) in electronics that are of extraordinary value to the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense. His leadership contributions have led to:

  • New methods for high quality, low defect growth of compound semiconductors useful for the fabrication of microwave transistors and monolithic microwave integrated circuits;
  • Establishing and sustaining a renaissance of vacuum electronics science and technology activities vital for the growth and maintenance of this military-critical technology;
  • Developing wide bandgap material (silicon carbide, gallium nitride) for transistors and power electronic switches; and
  • Initiating science and technology (S&T) activities in nanometer scale electronics leading to new types of sensors and devices.

Under Dr. Borsuk's strong leadership at the Electronics Science and Technology Division (ESTD), a research division of the Naval Research Laboratory, early industrial contract work in microwave transistors was reshaped to form the model for the highly successful DoD/DARPA Tri-Service Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Monolithic Integrated Circuits (MIMIC) program. This program is widely recognized as establishing the commercial viability of monolithic microwave integrated circuits. This contribution has resulted in the introduction of a variety of innovative, cost-effective, affordable military and commercial electronic components over the past 15 years and has given the military significant new radio frequency (RF) systems capabilities.

Dr. Borsuk has guided ESTD in the development of advanced microwave transistor and circuit technologies and transitioned them to several systems oriented NRL divisions, including the Radar Division and the Tactical Electronic Warfare Division (TEWD). These NRL divisions in turn have the responsibility of inserting them into deployed systems. For example, ESTD and TEWD have worked together to incorporate a variety of technologies into the Specific Emitter Identification (SEI) receiver developed by TEWD that provides reliable, long-range, all-weather positive target identification capability against seaborne platforms and land-based systems that emit radar signals. Other technology insertions performed with the TEWD included a variety of affordable electronic surveillance/radar warning receivers to replace older models on Navy aircraft. Some of these receivers are now commercial off-the-shelf components. ESTD and the NRL Radar Division have worked together to insert a 94 Gigahertz (GHz) high power gyroklystron amplifier, a vacuum electronic device developed in the ESTD, into a millimeter wave radar named WARLOC (W-band Advanced Radar for Low Observable Control). This radar is unique in its frequency of operation and radiated power levels giving the NRL new research capabilities for remote sensing and target identification.

Dr. Borsuk is responsible for formulating and recommending electronics research for NRL and Navy S&T. He participates in the review and development of DoD's program strategy for electronics research and represents NRL and the Navy as an authority and policymaker for Navy electronics R&D on the Department of Defense Advisory Group on Electron Devices. He has served as the Chair of the NRL Invention Evaluation Board and the Chair of NRL's Long Term Training Program. Dr. Borsuk's outstanding leadership and S&T accomplishments have led to his appointment by the NRL Director of Research as Focus Area Coordinator for the Laboratory's Electronics Program. This focus area is concerned with the S&T programs that include traditional electronics, but also appropriate plasma physics science and technology, bio-engineered technologies, and optical science and technologies. Dr. Borsuk has served the U.S. Government over the last 10 years in several additional key advisory roles including DOD's technical representative to international negotiations on the control of critical electronic dual use technologies (Wassanaar Arrangement) and as a member of the President's National Science and Technology Council Electronic Materials Working Group.

The ESTD has an approximate annual budget of $35M. In addition, Dr. Borsuk has established Cooperative Research and Development Agreements ranging from $25K-$200K in various electronic technologies of interest to the Navy. During the past year several major laboratory renovations were completed including a research laboratory for SiC epitaxial growth, an electron beam nanowriter laboratory, and a laboratory for solar cell characterization. Recently atomic-scale etch control equipment has been added to a Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) system to provide a powerful new technique for nanofabrication.

Dr. Borsuk and his senior staff have fostered cooperative efforts with many Navy, Air Force and Army offices, DARPA, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). His Division provides Navy membership to the various committees for the Defense Reliance Technology Panel for Electronics, whose tri-service membership is responsible for coordinating inter-service joint electronics programs, defense technology objectives, technology roadmaps and prevention of ineffective duplicative research. Through Dr. Borsuk's efforts, the Navy has been extraordinarily well represented in both the basic and applied research programs of the Defense/Tri-Service Reliance Program and the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Technical Area Review and Assessment (TARA) process. The Division has maintained strong programmatic interactions with DTRA on radiation hardening and effects, with DARPA on high frequency and power device programs, with a variety of sponsors in the area of nanometer scale electronics research, and on a variety of classified programs. Dr. Borsuk has traveled to China to evaluate their integrated circuit semiconductor capabilities and has served as a government expert advisor to the Defense Science Board Task Force on High Performance Microchip Supply. He also serves on conference committees such as the Government Microcircuit Applications & Critical Technology Conference and the International Semiconductor Device Research Symposium.

Dr. Borsuk is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has received an R&D-100 Award, the IEEE Frederik Philips Award, the IEEE-USA Harry Diamond Award, and the IEEE Millennium Medal. Other recognition includes two previous Presidential Rank Meritorious Senior Executive Awards (1990, 2000).

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