Cole Named Newest ARL Fellow

March 30, 2009

Ms. Melanie Cole

Ms. Melanie Cole, a research scientist in the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate (WMRD), has been named the newest ARL Fellow.

Selection to the ARL Fellows is the highest honor awarded to ARL scientists and engineers. Cole's membership was recommended by the active ARL Fellows after extensive review of her qualifications according to criteria established in the Fellows Charter.

Cole noted that her election as an ARL fellow is "both a privilege and a great honor."

"I am so very humbled to have been elected part of a group comprised of such technically accomplished individuals," she added.

Among her many contributions to the ARL mission, Cole has helped establish ARL as the Army's technical lead in the area of active thin film materials technology in support of Future Combat Systems communication and radar platforms.

She was also a significant player in the development of improved semiconductor device process science and has received international recognition for her innovative research efforts on determining the interdependence of dry etch damage and semiconductor device performance and long-term reliability.

Cole's tenure at ARL began in 1988 when she joined the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD). Just four years later, she was named team leader of the electronic materials process science group, a position she held until 1997.

She then moved to WMRD, where she has served in a variety of positions, including technical lead for the thin film ferroelectrics program, team leader of the electronic materials research team, and team leader of the active materials research team.

Since 1997, she has constructed a team of skilled engineers, established a thin film deposition and processing facility, acquired national and international recognition within the technical academic community, and established strong technical and funding relationships both within the Army/government and with the commercial sector.

As a research scientist and group leader at ARL (both in SEDD and WMRD), Cole has spent a great deal of time establishing and cultivating research activities that are highly interdisciplinary. In doing so, she has maintained a presence in both the materials and device communities.

"My hope is that perhaps now it will be a bit easier to illustrate the clear advantages that are fostered by such interdisciplinary research efforts and teaming activities," she said.

Cole is a member of several professional societies, including the Materials Research Society, American Ceramics Society, and IEEE. She has published 110 articles in referred "Class A" journals and 195 referred conference proceedings manuscripts. She holds an adjunct research position in applied physics at Caltech and is on the editorial board of three technical journals.

In 2008, Cole was the recipient of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) 2008 Achievement Award, the highest honor given by SWE to an individual. She has also received four Army R&D Achievement Awards.


Last Update / Reviewed: March 30, 2009