DOD awards ARL researchers funding through new initiative

March 01, 2016

By ARL Public Affairs

ADELPHI, Md. (Feb. 26, 2016) - The Department of Defense launched a new competitive program to fund important research project with government laboratories collaborating with academia. The program is call the Laboratory University Collaboration Initiative, or LUCI.

DOD announced sixteen awardees Feb. 25, eight of which are from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

"This new effort was designed to provide support to top DOD Service Lab researchers for collaborations with National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows on basic research topics of interest to DOD," ARL Director Thomas H. Russell wrote in a personal message to the workforce about the announcement. "The program supports high-risk innovative basic research within academia."

The Basic Research Office at Assistant Secretary of Defence for Research and Engineering chose the projects through a competitive process.

"Each researcher selected for the LUCI program will receive $600,000 over a three-year period to conduct a basic research project in collaboration with a NSSEF Fellow," Russell wrote. "Additionally, all LUCI winners will also be invited to the NSSEFF spring meeting and dinner on April 5-6, 2016, which ARL is hosting. Please join me in congratulating our colleagues for their selection."

  • Dr. Bryn L. Adams will work with Prof. Chris Voigt at MIT on "Bacteria systems for sensing and responding functions."
  • Dr. Blair C. Connelly will work with Prof. Nobert Scherer at the University of Chicago to study "Ultrafast dynamics in nanoparticles-semiconductor structures."
  • Dr. Patrick Folkes will collaborate with Prof. Chris Palmstrøm at the University of California Santa Barbara to investigate "Topological insulators in Heusler compounds."
  • Dr. Anindya Ghoshal will team with Prof. Jian Luo at the University of California San Diego on "Interface engineering for high temperature propulsion materials."
  • Dr. William D. Mattson will collaborate with Prof. Alan Aspuru-Guzik at Harvard University to perform quantum simulation for materials discovery.
  • Dr. Ronald Polcawich will collaborate with Prof. Susan Trolier-McKinstry at Pennsylvania State University to study chemical defects and strain in piezoelectric structures.
  • Dr. Manuel Vindiola will work on neuromorphic processing with Prof. Kaushik Roy at Purdue University.
  • Dr. Amir I. Zaghlou will work with Prof. Nader Engheta at the University of Pennsylvania on modeling and synthesis of graphene based meta-materials.

"The efforts of these researchers is indicative of the high-quality staff we have throughout the lab," Russell wrote. "Each you should be proud of this accomplishment and know that we are equally proud of what you've achieved."

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.


Last Update / Reviewed: March 1, 2016