Beyer recognized with RDA award for development of optically repairable, transparent plastics

July 05, 2013

Story Highlights

  • Dr. Rick Beyer, materials research engineer in the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, was recently recognized with a 2012 Department of the Army Research and Development Achievement award.
  • Beyer is specifically being recognized for determining, for the first time, the connection between microscopic structure and self-repairing capability in a new class of plastics that can be repaired simply by illumination with intense ultraviolet light.
  • The Army impact of this work is the opportunity to dramatically reduce the amount of materials needed for repair and service operations of vehicles, gear or devices of use to the Army, thus impacting logistics costs, life cycle costs, sustainment activities, support activities and equipment reliability.

Dr. Rick Beyer, materials research engineer in the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, was recently recognized with a 2012 Department of the Army Research and Development Achievement award.

Beyer is specifically being recognized for determining, for the first time, the connection between microscopic structure and self-repairing capability in a new class of plastics that can be repaired simply by illumination with intense ultraviolet light.

The Army impact of this work is the opportunity to dramatically reduce the amount of materials needed for repair and service operations of vehicles, gear or devices of use to the Army, thus impacting logistics costs, life cycle costs, sustainment activities, support activities and equipment reliability. "Awards like this remind us that even the most basic research has potential value to the Soldier, and that what we do is important. It's very gratifying to have your work recognized; it reminds you that the Army values R&D and our contribution to the Army mission," said Beyer.

Beyer said that it was exciting to see how well-represented ARL was in the overall list of awardees and that within the Army R&D community, ARL stands out, which is a particularly important message for ARL researchers now amid so many circumstances that make completing R&D missions more challenging.

"ARL can draw encouragement from these awards that it is on the right track and being more successful than the news of sequestration, furloughs, conference travel and budget cuts would imply. We are doing something right," added Beyer.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: July 5, 2013