RDECOM leaders tour high tech labs throughout ARL at the Adelphi Laboratory Center, hold town hall meeting

December 26, 2012

Story Highlights

  • Leaders of the Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) recently spent an entire day learning how scientists and engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) are the cutting edge of innovation and discovery for the Soldier of the future.
  • Dale A. Ormond, RDECOM director, and the RDECOM Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. Daniel Hughes recently toured ARL at the Adelphi Laboratory Center (ALC) on their mission to learn more about the science and technology being developed in support of our current and future Soldiers.
  • Ormond and Hughes visited numerous laboratories in both the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate and the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate.
  • During his visit to ALC, that also included overviews of statistical machine translation and quantum networks with information and photons, Ormond held a town hall meeting.

Leaders of the Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) recently spent an entire day learning how scientists and engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) are at the cutting edge of innovation and discovery for the Soldier of the future.

Dale A. Ormond, RDECOM director, and the RDECOM Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. Daniel Hughes recently toured ARL at the Adelphi Laboratory Center (ALC) on their mission to learn more about the science and technology being developed in support of our current and future Soldiers.

Ormond and Hughes visited numerous laboratories in ARL's Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD) and the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate.

For the first half of the day, they were briefed on subject matter including millimeter-wave amplifiers for communications and electronic warfare, infrared photodetectors, piezoelectric-based MEMS devices, ultraviolet communications and devices, widebandgap devices and reliability, flexible electronics and displays and high voltage battery materials.

"Mr. Ormond is leading RDECOM to provide integrated technological solutions to our Soldiers," said Dr. Kwong-Kit Choi, senior research scientist for physical sciences in SEDD and an ARL Fellow. "It is important for him to obtain an in-depth understanding of ARL's contributions in basic and applied sciences that will allow for current and future breakthrough innovations."

"Having visited my lab, it is my hope that Mr. Ormond gained a better appreciation of ARL's state-of-the-art research equipment, the dedication of our staff and the fundamental advances we made in improving U.S. infrared technologies," added Choi.

Dr. Eric Forsythe, ARL team leader and flexible electronics deputy project manager, led Ormond and Hughes through a tour of ARL's innovative flexible electronics and display laboratory.

"Having Mr. Ormond visit the flexible electronics lab provided context for the internal research in the context of a short introduction to the U.S. Army's flexible display and electronics programs," said Forsythe. "We reviewed the internal ARL research support towards the development of the flexible display, digital radiography and sensor technologies for the Soldier."

Forsythe said that a key point that he hopes RDECOM leaders walked away with is the internal ARL expertise that can develop and implement flexible electronics research while leading a large public-private partnership that integrates capabilities to enable Army technologies.

During his visit to ALC, that also included overviews of statistical machine translation and quantum networks with information and photons, Ormond held a town hall meeting.

Ormond spoke to the workforce about his background, his role as the director, his hopes for the future of ARL and his vision that "we exist in the space between the state of the art and the art of the possible."

Ormond encouraged the entire ARL workforce to continue to push the envelope when it comes to creating capabilities for the nation's warfighters for the successful execution of their missions and discussed the importance of the unity of the command, defining and leveraging core competencies and understanding what researchers and their support staff need in terms of resources and facilities in order to provide superior innovations to our Soldiers.

He also noted that it is important that ARL and the entire RDECOM organization engage, inspire, develop and attract the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, talent essential to deliver innovative solutions for the nation.

Following his town hall, Ormond and Hughes were briefed on cyber security, quality of information, autonomous systems, small unit decision-based information analysis and the Experiment and Fix, or ExFi, Program and 3D terrain visualization.

Ormond visited ARL facilities at Aberdeen Proving Ground in November. Next, he will visit ARL's Army Research Office in mid January.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: December 26, 2012