Dr. Asha Hall serving as ARL's technical assistant to the WMRD director

June 18, 2015

By Joyce M. Conant, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • Dr. Asha Hall was selected to serve a one-year appointment as technical assistant to the director, or TAD, at ARL's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate
  • Hall hopes to execute a strategic project or build a technical program for future funding across and beyond WMRD
  • Hall is involved in a number of outside activities that help to support ARL's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics outreach programs

Dr. Asha Hall has been working at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory as a materials science engineer since 2008. She began her career as a contractor and was hired on as a federal employee after three years. Prior to coming to ARL, Hall was a chemical engineering patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Hall is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she earned her Ph.D. in May 2006.

In April, Hall was selected to serve a one-year appointment as technical assistant to the director, or TAD, at ARL's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate. During this assignment, Hall will shadow Dr. Pat Baker, director of WMRD, and help to organize and coordinate ARL-level review meetings. She will also work with WMRD's associate directors by assisting them with program planning processes and help to communicate the value of WMRD's research portfolio.

When asked what she hoped to gain from this experience, Hall said, "I hope to execute a strategic project or build a technical program for future funding across and beyond WMRD. I am focused on pursuing efforts that will advance WMRD corporate goals, streamline critical targeted processes, and build lasting WMRD partnerships."

Hall is involved in a number of outside activities that help to support ARL's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics outreach programs.

"I am an active member and treasurer for Maryland Tri-County Federally Employed Women. We host events such as Habitat for Humanity and host fundraisers for working women college scholarships," said Hall. "I also am very active in volunteering for STEM outreach, serving as a coach for Junior First Lego league competitions, and a judge for Army-sponsored Junior Science and Humanities symposiums."

Hall said she takes her job at ARL seriously and wants to ensure she does her best to take care of the Soldier.

"My father is retired Army military reservist, so I grew up with knowledge about the Army, seeing and hearing firsthand stories about some of the challenges that a Soldier must endure," said Hall.

Hall and her husband Ray Brennan, who also works with ARL, are expecting their second child in late August.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: June 18, 2015