Donald Gubser Named ASM International Fellow

12/23/2009 - 89-09r
Contact: Donna McKinney, (202) 767-2541

Dr. Donald U. Gubser, Superintendent of the Materials Science and Technology Division at the Naval Research Laboratory, has been named a Fellow of ASM International. He is recognized for "advancing the understanding of new generation superconducting materials and providing technical leadership to meet materials related defense needs."

In 1969, ASM International established the Fellow of the Society honor to provide recognition to members for their distinguished contributions to the materials science and engineering field. Fellows are technical and professional leaders who serve as advisors to the Society.

Donald Gubser (left) with Roger Fabian, ASM International president.

Dr. Gubser graduated from the University of Illinois with a Ph.D. in Physics in 1969 and has been employed at NRL for his entire professional career. Dr. Gubser's scientific training and personal research has been in superconductivity, magnetism, solid state physics, and cryogenic properties of materials. He conducted sabbatical research on superconducting materials at the Swiss Federal Technical University in Zurich, Switzerland (1976-1977) and spent one year at the National Science Foundation in charge of the condensed matter section (1985-1986).

As Superintendent at NRL, Dr. Gubser sets the overall research goals, reviews research efforts to ensure quality of effort, establishes administrative and managerial goals, and serves as the spokesman for the Division with other Navy organizations. Research in the Materials Science and Technology Division encompasses metals, ceramics, composites, and magnetic, superconducting, and thermoelectric materials and includes both experimental, theoretical, and simulation modeling to predict performance and operational lifetimes of materials and devices.

In 1983 Dr Gubser received the Naval Meritorious Service Award for his scientific leadership and research accomplishments; in 1992 he received the Senior Executive Service Meritorious Service Award for excellence in science management; and in 2004 he was selected as the IEEE Council on Superconductivity's Distinguished Lecturer of the Year.

Dr. Gubser is active professionally, having served as a scientific reviewer for many government programs, and has served on university and industrial external advisory committees and on national scientific study panels. He has taught at both the George Washington University and The Catholic University in Washington. DC. Dr. Gubser is a Fellow in the American Physical Society (APS), past chairperson of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics of the APS, an officer on the International Cryogenic Materials Conference Board, and is currently president of the Applied Superconductivity Conference board.

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