NRL's James Butler Receives Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award

Dr. James E. Butler, who recently retired from the Naval Research Laboratory, has received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award. Butler is recognized for his sustained exemplary contributions in advancing the science and technology of diamond growth and characterization. More

NRL-SSC Microbiologist Returns from Haiti

A microbiologist from NRL-Stennis Space Center recently returned from a 10-week deployment to Port au Prince, Haiti, as part of Operation Unified Response. He was part of a 13-member team consisting of an environmental health officer, industrial hygiene officer, preventive medicine officer, entomologist, laboratory technician, general hospital corpsman and six preventive medicine technicians. More

NRL Contributes to Book on Infrasound

NRL physicist Douglas Drob, with co-authors R.R. Meier and J.M. Picone of George Mason University and M. Garcés of the University of Hawaii, has published a chapter in the monograph Infrasound Monitoring for Atmospheric Studies. More

Dr. Marshall Orr Receives Meritorious Civilian Service Award

Dr. Marshall H. Orr, Associate Superintendent of the Naval Research Laboratory's Acoustics Division received the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his service as Technical Director, Senior Scientist and Program Manager of the Ballistic Missile Submarine Nuclear (SSBN) Security Technology Program (SSTP).

For his numerous roles on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources from March 2005 to December 2008, Dr. Orr's award citation reads in part, More

NRL Researchers Study Galaxy Mergers

Scientists at NRL have solved a long-standing dilemma about the mass of infrared bright merging galaxies. Because galaxies are the largest directly observable objects in the universe, learning more about their formation is key to understanding how the universe works. More

Dr. Earl Williams Receives ASME Award

Dr. Earl Williams, Senior Scientist for Structural Acoustics in the Acoustics Division of the Naval Research Laboratory, was awarded the 2009 Per Bruel Gold Medal for Noise Control and Acoustics by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The award was presented at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, held in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. More

NRL breaks ground for Autonomous Systems Research Laboratory

NRL held a groundbreaking ceremony today, April 8, 2010, to mark the construction of a major new facility called the Autonomous System Research Laboratory. The new facility will integrate science and technology components into research prototype systems and will become the nerve center for basic research that supports autonomous systems research for the Navy and Marine Corps. More

NRL Scientists Use Atomic Physics Codes to Study Coronal Mass Ejections

Giant eruptions of ionized gas, or plasma, from the Sun called coronal mass ejections [CMEs] produce solar energetic particles that cause spacecraft anomalies and communication interruptions, and can have significant adverse effects on Global Positioning Systems. Scientists at NRL are studying CMEs in an effort to better understand and predict their impact on instrumentation. More

Dr. Bhakta Rath honored by Ravenshaw University

Dr. Bhakta B. Rath, Associate Director of Research and Head of the Materials Science and Component Technology Directorate at the Naval Research Laboratory, was honored with the degree of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, by Ravenshaw University, Orissa, India, at their convocation on March 4th, 2010. He also delivered the commencement address to the 2010 graduating class. More

CDR John Coffey elected ICCAGRA Chairman

The Naval Research Laboratory's Director of Military Operations, Commander John J.C. Coffey, was elected the new Chairman of the Interagency Coordinating Committee for Airborne Geosciences Research and Applications (ICCAGRA). More

NRL Voted as a Top Place to Work for Postdocs

In a survey recently conducted by The Scientist magazine, the Naval Research Laboratory ranked 16th among 90 U.S. and international institutions as the best places to work for Postdocs More

Dr. Kathryn Wahl is elected Fellow of STLE

Dr. Kathryn J. Wahl, Head of the Molecular Interfaces and Tribology Section at the Naval Research Laboratory was elected Fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). STLE Fellow members are persons of outstanding personal achievement in the field of lubrication, have 20 years of active practice in the science and/or engineering profession, and have been a Member of the Society for ten years. Elevation to the grade of fellow is made only on the nomination by the Committee on Fellows and must be approved by the STLE Board of Directors. More

Dr. Donald Gubser Honored with 2010 TMS Leadership Award

Dr. Donald U. Gubser, Superintendent of the Materials Science and Technology Division at the Naval Research Laboratory, has been recognized with the 2010 TMS Leadership Award. Dr. Gubser is noted for scientific vision, technical leadership, innovative management, and professional service to materials science in the Navy, Defense, and National materials science research and development programs. More

From Take-off to Landing, NRL First in U.S. History to Remotely Fly Pilotless Aircraft

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs as they are commonly known, are ostensibly becoming a greater force in today's military arsenal of reconnaissance and weaponry. Although the concept of using, manned, aerial platforms as a device of military strategy is many centuries old, the ability to fly an unmanned, full-size, powered aircraft remotely from the ground and return it safely to its departure point has very much been a facet of the latter portion of this most recent century. More

Dr. Irwin Singer Elected Fellow of the American Vacuum Society

Research physicist, Dr. Irwin L. Singer, of the Naval Research Laboratory Surface Chemistry Branch, Chemistry Division, became a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society (AVS) at the society's annual meeting in San Jose, Calif., November 2009. Singer was cited for exceptional contributions to the fundamental understanding of tribology in the areas of surface modification, thin solid film lubrication, and third body processes in sliding interfaces. More

Dr. Tom Mehlhorn Named Superintendent of NRL's Plasma Physics Division

Dr. Thomas A. Mehlhorn has been selected to head the Naval Research Laboratory's Plasma Physics Division. He was the Senior Manager for High Energy Density Physics and Science Campaigns in the Pulsed Power Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico prior to his appointment as division superintendent on November 30, 2009.

In reference to his appointment, Mehlhorn stated, More

Dr. John N. Russell Jr. Recognized for Distinguished Service to AVS

Dr. John N. Russell Jr., Head of the Naval Research Laboratory's Surface Chemistry Branch in the Chemistry Division is recognized for Distinguished Service to the American Vacuum Society (AVS) for his service as the 2008 President and 2009 Past President. AVS is the Society for the Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing. The Society is one of the premier international professional societies with members from the breadth of academia, government and industry. More

Dr. James Butler Receives 2009 Hillebrand Prize

Dr. James E. Butler has been chosen as the 2009 Hillebrand Prize awardee, the highest honor of the Chemical Society of Washington, for pioneering contributions to understanding the chemical vapor deposition of diamond and advocating the exploitation of diamond materials in advanced technologies. Butler heads the Gas/Surface Dynamics Section in the Naval Research Laboratory's Chemistry Division. More

Dr. Kazhikathra Kailasanath Receives the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award

Dr. Kazhikathra Kailasanath, a researcher at the Naval Research Laboratory, is the recipient of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award. He is being recognized as an international authority on the propulsion applications of detonation waves. Dr. Kailasanath is head of the Center for Reactive Flow and Dynamical Systems in the Laboratory for Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics. More

Barron, Rowley Awarded Meritorious Civilian Service Medal

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Drs. Charlie Barron and Clark Rowley, oceanographers at the Naval Research Laboratory Stennis Space Center detachment, recently received Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service awards from the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO).

The two were recognized for their significant overall contributions to ongoing ocean forecasting and specifically for the roles they played in providing the Fleet with the ability to use forecasted sound speed in mission planning. More