Army Research Laboratory selects three new Fellows
December 20, 2013
- The U.S. Army Research Laboratory recently named three new Fellows, Dr. Richard Becker, Dr. Mark Dubinskiy, and Dr. Yongle Pan.
- A Fellows selection is the highest honor awarded to ARL scientists and engineers, and nomination is based on the recommendations of active ARL Fellows.
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory recently named three new Fellows, Dr. Richard Becker, Dr. Mark Dubinskiy, and Dr. Yongle Pan.
A Fellows' selection is the highest honor awarded to ARL scientists and engineers, and nomination is based on the recommendations of active ARL Fellows. According to Dr. KK Choi, Fellows co-chair, "the three Fellows were selected based on their respective outstanding scientific achievements, impacts on Army national and international communities, and technical and programmatic leadership. Their induction has greatly increased the range of expertise and the credentials of the ARL Fellows."
"The newly selected Fellows have demonstrated sustained long-term scientific achievement that is broadly recognized. In addition, they are active researchers, leaders and mentors in their respective research areas," stated Dr. Brian Sadler, Fellows co-chair.
"The new Fellows will help us as we engage with ARL leadership on a broad range of strategic issues and challenges facing ARL," added Sadler.
Becker is an engineer in ARL's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, whose work broadly centers on high-fidelity computational modeling of material deformation in continuum simulations.
This involves multiscale work in the Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments Cooperative Research Agreement, formulation and coding of constitutive models for large-scale continuum analysis codes, and evaluation of material mechanisms and performance in continuum applications and at lower length scales.
According to Becker, being selected as an ARL Fellow is a huge honor and he hopes to help the Fellows promote the scientific culture at ARL and contribute meaningfully to their many endeavors.
"As a Fellow, I intend to aid in furthering the high-quality science and engineering research of our ARL colleagues. I hope I will be able to provide a unique additional perspective to discussions and deliberations," said Becker.
Dubinskiy is a physicist and team leader in ARL's Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate. His team's mission is to conduct exploration and early development of enabling technologies for high energy and advanced tactical solid-state lasers for Army Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar, infrared countermeasure, and other applications with focus on a single-aperture laser power scaling.
The full spectrum of this research and development is aimed at solid-state laser power scaling, continuous wave and pulsed, while maintaining nearly diffraction limited beam quality.
Dubinskiy's special emphasis is on nearly quantum defect limited laser efficiency, which eventually leads to the required Size, Weight and Power, or SWAP, minimization for much better laser portability.
"I believe that the elevation to ARL Fellow rank, based on a highly competitive selection process by the body of ARL Fellows and the ARL Director, appropriately recognizes science, technology and engineering excellence with distinction, while allowing the honored recipients to remain focused on delivering ST&E solutions to critical mission areas of the Army, and eventually to the warfighter," said Dubinskiy.
"It certainly is a great honor for me to become an elected ARL Fellow, which corresponds to what in most non DoD government labs and nation-famous research centers like Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, etc. is called a "Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff," Dubinskiy stated.
"All my eleven years of tenure with ARL I tried to do my best and serve ARL and the Army with distinction, and I am delighted that this has been recognized by my community of peers," added Dubinskiy.
As an ARL Fellow, Dubinskiy hopes to remain focused on a variety of technical tasks within the mission areas of ARL's High Energy and Advanced Tactical Laser Team.
"In my new ARL Fellow skin, I also hope to provide all required help to the ARL Director and his office in maintaining ARL's technical excellence and identifying new important and critical thrust areas despite the fiscal uncertainty times we are all going through. I will do all I can to help maintain ARL's operability with the focus on closing major technology gaps for the Army," stated Dubinskiy.
Pan is a physicist in ARL's Computational and Information Sciences Directorate, whose recent research focuses on aerosol detection and characterization, particularly in developing innovative real-time, in-situ point-detection systems for detecting, discriminating and identifying biological and chemical aerosol threats and the relative basic science.
The approach is to obtain fingerprint signatures from fluorescence spectra, elastic scattering patterns, and Raman spectra of individual single micron-size aerosol particles on-the-fly. Such methods and technologies are critical in rapidly detecting and characterizing atmospheric aerosols, including smoke, dust, pollen, fungi, and particulate emissions from burn pits, especially aerosolized biological and chemical warfare agents.
"To be selected as an ARL Fellow is a very high honor to me. I know there are a lot of very outstanding scientists and engineers in different research fields at ARL, and I am lucky enough to have been selected. In addition, this selection is an encouragement for me," said Pan.
As an ARL Fellow, Pan hopes to promote his research to a higher level by working closely with his colleagues, and in doing so, hopes to meet ARL's research goal to "provide the underpinning science, technology, and analysis that enable full-spectrum operations."