U.S. JAYCEES Recognize ARL Employee With "Ten Outstanding Young Americans" Award

January 05, 2009

Dr. Stephen Lee, chief scientist in the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO), has been awarded the U.S. Junior Chamber (JAYCEES) Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award for 2008.

The award exists to recognize and honor ten Americans each year who exemplify the best attributes of the nation's young people, aged 18 through 40.

As the senior scientist in the director's office of ARO, Lee, 39, has been working to develop new tools and capabilities to save lives of both civilians and Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as encouraging the growth of the U.S. Army's technical basic research program.

Some of the tools Lee has helped develop include the FIDO Explosives Detector, which is commercially available to first responders, and is used to screen suspicious objects, as well as helping Soldiers identify insurgents with explosives in Iraq.

He also helped develop the Agentase Chemical Agent Detection kit, which provides new capabilities in the detection of weapons of mass destruction, and is more reliable than existing technologies helping to protect the U.S. He also helped develop the Nanoscale Materials Fast-Act Decontamination powder and spray, which neutralizes and destroys chemical warfare agents.

Lee has received numerous awards, including the Army's Greatest Invention Award for the Agentase Nerve Agent Sensor; the Army's Greatest Invention Award for the FIDO XT Explosives Detector; the Army's Greatest Invention Nomination for the Fast Act Decontamination Solution; and Department of the Army Official Commendation for development of the Nerve Agent Sensor.

He was also awarded the Chateaubriand Fellowship from the Republic of France. Lee volunteers with the Cub Scouts, participates in local career days, and serves as a judge for science fairs, including acting as a judge at the International Science and Engineering Fair. Lee in his own research is working directly with undergraduate and graduate students at the University of North Carolina where he is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Chemistry.


Last Update / Reviewed: January 5, 2009