2016 News Releases

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Scientific & Technical Interest
Cooperative Soaring_NRL_AVIA_PSU
January 6, 2016
Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and the Air Vehicle Intelligence and Autonomy Lab at Pennsylvania State University, demonstrate autonomous soaring algorithms used to keep unmanned sailplanes aloft for sustained flight durations.
March 11, 2016
The Innovation Challenge is a groundbreaking interagency initiative intended to spur innovative thinking and encourage collaboration on policy issues that matter most to our national security and prosperity, converging technological innovation with defense, diplomacy and development (D3) objectives.
March 31, 2016
As a participant of National Lab Day, NRL welcomed students from nearby communities to experience innovative research in the areas of intelligent autonomy, sensory and human/robot interaction systems, power and energy systems, and space science and satellite systems research.
NRL Main Building
April 20, 2016
Particle atomic layer deposition (p-ALD) is highlighted as a technology that can create new and exciting designer core/shell particles to be used as building blocks for the next generation of complex multifunctional nanocomposites.
ICEX2016 Expedition
May 5, 2016
NRL scientists from the Marine Geoscience Division concluded a month-long sea-ice research expedition as part of the Navy’s 2016 ICe Exercise (ICEX) designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of the physical structure and evolution of Arctic sea-ice.
May 10, 2016
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) communities around the world are exploring ways in which different services can collaborate on naval missions. These communities envision UAS capabilities supporting joint warfighter missions over land, littoral and blue water regions.
June 6, 2016
Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory demonstrate hyperthermal ion implantation (HyTII) as an effective means of substitutionally doping graphene, resulting in a low-defect film with a tunable bandstructure amenable to a variety of device platforms and applications.
June 8, 2016
The Electrolytic Cation Exchange Module (E-CEM), developed at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), provides the Navy the capability to produce the raw materials necessary to develop synthetic fuel stock at sea or in remote locations.
June 14, 2016
Located 35 miles south of Washington, D.C., the Blossom Point Research Facility went into operation July 1956, becoming the first satellite tracking station in the United States.
Abell 2597
June 22, 2016
Recent theoretical models have predicted that black holes may grow through so-called cold, chaotic accretion, but unambiguous observational evidence of this form of accretion has been, until now, elusive.
John Schaub
July 25, 2016
Second director in the center’s 29 year history
Navy Structures
August 24, 2016
Primarily focused on monitoring the structural integrity of Navy assets, the technology may also have application on civilian aircraft, ships, and possibly bridges and buildings where continuous monitoring of critical components prone to fatigue and failure would prove beneficial.
NRL Technical Information Services
September 9, 2016
The Technical Information Services (TIS) Branch at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) receives the award in recognition of continued expert customer service and the production of professional, quality products and materials in support of the NRL mission.
NRL scientists and engineers at their Supercomputing Conference 2016 booth in Salt Lake City
November 20, 2016
NRL researchers, scientists remain on cutting edge at supercomputing conference
TopTen_NRL_Peer Reviewed_Articles_All Time
November 23, 2016
Ever wonder what your fellow Naval Research Laboratory colleagues have been up to over the years?
NRL_Takes_Part_In_Material Research Society2016_Fall_Meeting
November 28, 2016
Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Materials Science and Component Technology Directorate will attend and present their work at the Materials Research Society (MRS) Nov. 27- Dec. 2, 2016.
Strain Measurement and Imaging
December 13, 2016
The technologies, developed over the course of the last decade, have been used to test and characterize structural composite materials, electronics materials, shape memory alloys, and additively manufactured components.
December 16, 2016
Recently the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and District of Columbia Public Schools collaborated in the name of all things STEM.
50th Childrens Holiday Party
December 16, 2016
NRL hosts neighboring students for holiday cheer
Ion Tiger UAV in the air during a flight test of a new custom-built hydrogen fuel cell
December 19, 2016
Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s chemistry division completed the first flight of the Ion Tiger unmanned air vehicle with a new hydrogen-powered fuel cell built in-house.
December 21, 2016
Spin is a fundamental property of electrons, in addition to charge, that can be used to transmit, process and store data. Theoretically predicted and previously seen only for high-resistance structures at cryogenic temperatures, NRL reports the first demonstration of metallic spin filtering at room temperature.
NRL_NewL_Director of Research_Bruce Danly
December 29, 2016
Dr. Bruce Danly has been named the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s new Director of Research (DOR). Danly, appointed by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus officially began his new assignment Dec. 25.

Featured Stories
January 14, 2016
Dr. Ringeisen’s ingenuity and scientific insight have resulted in numerous breakthroughs that demonstrate biofabrication and tissue engineering capabilities critical to advancing Navy science and technology interest.
March 8, 2016
NRL hosts Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, USD(AT&L), Frank Kendall, at its Washington, D.C., headquarters to honor researchers and engineers for significant acquisition accomplishments and introduce Fellows of the department’s Laboratory University Collaboration Initiative (LUCI).
Department of the Navy Innovation
March 18, 2016
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus honors four U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) researchers as top innovators within the Department of the Navy (DoN). The award program is part of a broader DoN effort to inspire, empower and reward Sailors, Marines and civilian innovators, representing a distinguished testament to the outstanding ingenuity and significant accomplishments and professionalism of the DoN workforce.
April 1, 2016
NRL research physicist, Dr. Alexander Efros, is bestowed the honor of Fellow by the Materials Research Society (MRS), recognizing a record of success in research in the field of optical science materials and technology.
April 11, 2016
As the lead payload developer for the program, the Naval Center for Space Technology at NRL is responsible for integrating and validating the disparate components required for the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) mission.
Dr. Colin D. Joye
May 6, 2016
The PECASE award represents the highest honor bestowed by the federal government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Dr. Paul Natishan
June 27, 2016
Natishan is bestowed the award for his outstanding performance and record of scientific achievements and contributions made to the Navy in the field of corrosion science and technology.
Military Sensing Symposia
July 7, 2016
Schaum is honored as MSS Fellow for significant scientific and technical contributions to military sensing to include achievements in signal processing for image-based target detection and spectral data analysis.
Scott L. Browning
July 15, 2016
Browning receives the award for sustained excellent performance pertaining to efforts to develop multiple, diverse breakthrough technologies for classified technical challenges to the Navy and Department of Defense (DoD).
Dr. James Hansen
August 16, 2016
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has recently named Dr. James Hansen as superintendent of the laboratory's, California based, Marine Meteorology Division. Here we offer a brief Q&A session to get to know the new superintendent a little better, and gain insight on what NRL does at the Monterey facility.
Dr. Edward P. Gorzkowski III
August 19, 2016
Dr. Gorzkowsk receives the Young Professional Award for outstanding commitment, exceptional leadership, and sustained contributions, both in his service to the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), and the ceramics research community.
Ms. Cherie Joyce
September 30, 2016
Executive Secretary to the Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Technology Directorate, at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Ms. Joyce receives the award for outstanding performance and execution of extraordinary duties in support of the Directorate and the NRL mission.
David_Crouse_NRL _ISIF
October 14, 2016
Dr. Crouse is recognized by the International Society of Information Fusion (ISIF) for contributions to the theory and promulgation of algorithms for multi-sensor multi-target tracking, estimation and data association.
October 26, 2016
Professors from the U.S. Naval Academy’s Best Practices in STEM Outreach program held a train-the-educator workshop at the Naval Research Lab, Wash., D.C., Oct. 18, 2016.
Dr. Meredith Hutchinson
November 4, 2016
There's an organization at the Naval Research Laboratory that assists women in the science and engineering fields in navigating the maze of challenges, opportunities and achievements in a field historically dominated by men.
Dr. Bhakta_Rath_ADOR_NRL
November 4, 2016
Associate Director of Research at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and head of NRL’s Materials Science and Component Technology Directorate, the American Society awards Rath the Medal for the Advancement of Research for Metals (ASM).
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
November 8, 2016
Two interdisciplinary teams at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have been awarded the 2016 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award — honoring innovation in technology transfer.
Rear Adm. Mathias W. Winter and CAPT Bruington
November 16, 2016
Winter discussed the Navy’s top science and technology (S&T) priorities and shared his appreciation for NRL employee’s dedication and hard work during his visit Nov. 8.
Dr. Janine Davidson speaks with Warren Schultz
December 2, 2016
UNSECNAV speaks with NRL employees during a visit to the facility on Nov. 9
 Dr. Jas Sanghera
December 16, 2016
Dr. Sanghera receives the award for pioneering the development of novel glasses, ceramics, crystals, thin films, fibers, bulk optics, and devices incorporating these materials.
Rear Admiral Hahn
December 19, 2016
Naval Research Enterprises welcomes new leader
NRL_Trent Crede_Recipient_Earl Williams
December 29, 2016
Dr. Earl Williams was awarded the prestigious Trent-Crede Medal for excellence in acoustic research during a joint ceremony hosted by the Acoustical Society of America and Acoustical Society of Japan Dec. 1, 2016 in Honolulu