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Project Information

Project Information


Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board


Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee to be named the Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board (ARLTAB), to be overseen by the Laboratory Assessments Board, will be appointed to continue the function of providing biennial assessments of the scientific and technical quality of the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). These assessments will include findings and recommendations related to the quality of ARL's research, development, and analysis programs. While the primary role of the ARLTAB is to provide peer assessment, it may offer advice on related matters when requested by the ARL Director. The ARLTAB will provide an interim assessment report at the end of Year 1 of each 2-year assessment cycle and a final assessment report biennially. The ARLTAB will be assisted by up to seven separately appointed panels that will focus on particular portions of the ARL program. Each year, up to three additional panels may be appointed to assess special topics, at the request of the ARL Director.

Status: Current

PIN: DEPS-LAB-14-01

Project Duration (months): 36 month(s)

RSO: McGee, Jim

Board(s)/Committee(s):

Laboratory Assessments Board

Topic(s):

Conflict and Security Issues
Engineering and Technology
Math, Chemistry, and Physics



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 08/30/2018

Jennie S. Hwang - (Chair)
H-Technologies Group, Inc.

JENNIE S. HWANG (NAE, 1998) is CEO of H-Technologies Group, and board trustee and distinguished adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University. Her career encompasses corporate and entrepreneurial businesses, international collaboration, research management, technology transfer, and global leadership positions, as well as corporate and university governance. She was the CEO of International Electronic Materials Corporation and has held senior executive positions with Lockheed Martin Corp., Hanson, PLC and Sherwin-Williams Co. and co-founded entrepreneurial businesses. With more than 35-year globe-trotting experience, she is internationally recognized as a pioneer and long-standing leader in the infrastructure development of electronics miniaturization and green manufacturing. She has served as Global President of the Surface Mount Technology Association and in other global leadership positions and is an international speaker and author of 450+ publications including several textbooks on leading technologies, advanced manufacturing and global market thrusts. She has lectured to tens of thousands of engineers and researchers on professional development courses. She is also an author and speaker on education, technology, trade and business issues. Her speeches range from university commencement addresses to keynote at DoD Federal Women’s Program to tutorials at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Among her awards/honors are the U.S. Congressional Certificate of Achievements, induction into the International Hall of Fame (Women in Technology), R&D-Stars-to-Watch (Industry Week) and YWCA Women of Achievement Award. Dr. Hwang has served on the International Advisory Board of the Singapore Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute and a number of international industry boards. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Fortune 500 NYSE-traded and private companies, and various civic boards. Her formal education include Harvard University Executive Program, Columbia University Business School Governance Program, and four academic degrees (Ph.D., M.A., M.S., B.S.) in Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, Chemistry, and Liquid Crystal Science. The Dr. Jennie S. Hwang YWCA Award, in its 16th year, recognizing outstanding women students who study in STEM was established in her honor. Further info: www.JennieHwang.com.
Frederick R. Chang
FREDERICK R. CHANG (NAE) is the executive director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, the Bobby B. Lyle Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security, and Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He is also a senior fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in SMU’s Dedman College. Additionally, Dr. Chang’s career spans service in the private sector and in government including as the former director of research at the National Security Agency (NSA). He is currently the Co-Chair of the Intelligence Community Studies Board of the National Academies. He has also served as a member of the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency, and as a member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies. Dr. Chang is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (2016) and he has been awarded the NSA Director's Distinguished Service Medal. Dr. Chang received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He has also completed the senior executive program at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mark Eberhart
Colorado School of Mines

MARK EBERHART is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry at the Colorado School of Mines, where he directs the Molecular Theory Group (MTG). At the MTG knowledge of bonding is obtained through detailed topological analyses of the spatial distribution of electrons in molecules and solids. Many subtle aspects of the distribution become obvious when viewed from a topological perspective. The accompanying topological formalism gives well-defined, unambiguous, meaningful and consistent definitions to previously indeterminate quantities such as atomic bonds and basins. His work is based primarily on first principles computations, which provide the electron charge densities, and topological analysis software developed at the MTG. He is also exploring the topological and geometric origins responsible for the stability of amorphous metallic alloys. In addition to his work on condensed phase systems, his group has active research programs exploring the relationships between charge density and the chemical properties of molecular systems, both organic and inorganic. Dr. Eberhart holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado, an M.S. degree in Physical Biochemistry from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Prabhat Hajela
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

PRABHAT HAJELA is Provost and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research interests include analysis and design optimization of multidisciplinary systems; system reliability; emergent computing paradigms for design; artificial intelligence; and machine learning in multidisciplinary analysis and design. Before joining Rensselaer, he worked as a research fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles for a year, and was on the faculty at the University of Florida for seven years. He has conducted research at NASA’s Langley and Glenn Research Centers, and the Eglin Air Force Armament Laboratory. In 2003, Hajela served as a Congressional Fellow responsible for Science and Technology Policy in the Office of US Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT). He worked on several legislative issues related to aerospace and telecommunications policy, including the anti-SPAM legislation that was signed into law in December 2003. Hajela is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a Fellow of the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI), and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Hajela has held many editorial assignments including editor of Evolutionary Optimization, Associate Editor of the AIAA journal, and is on the editorial board of six other international journals. He has published over 270 papers and articles in the areas of structural and multidisciplinary optimization, and is an author or co-author of 4 books in these areas. In 2004, he was the recipient of AIAA’s Biennial Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Award.
Wesley L. Harris
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

WESLEY L. HARRIS (NAE) is the Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Director of the Lean Sustainment Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was elected to the NAE “for contributions to understanding of helicopter rotor noise, for encouragement of minorities in engineering, and for service to the aeronautical industry.” He has performed research and published in refereed journals in the following areas: fluid mechanics; aerodynamics; unsteady, non-linear aerodynamics; acoustics; lean manufacturing processes; military logistics and sustainment. Harris has substantial experience as a leader in higher education administration and management. Harris also has demonstrated outstanding leadership in managing major national and international aeronautical and aviation programs and personnel in the executive branch of the federal government. He is an elected Fellow of the AIAA, AHS, and of the NTA for personal engineering achievements, engineering education, management, and advancing cultural diversity.
William S. Marras
WILLIAM S. MARRAS (NAE) is the Honda Chair Professor in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at Ohio State University, and holds joint appointments in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Physical Medicine, and Neurosurgery. Dr. Marras is also executive director and scientific director of the Spine Research Institute and the executive director of the Institute for Ergonomics. His research is centered on understanding the role of biomechanics in spine disorder causation and its role in the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of spine disorders. His research includes epidemiologic studies, laboratory biomechanics studies, mathematical modeling, and clinical studies. His findings have been published in over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, and have been cited over 15,000 times. He also has written numerous books and book chapters including his most recent book entitled The Working Back: A Systems View. He holds Fellow status in six professional societies including the American Society for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and has been widely recognized for his contributions through numerous national and international awards including two Volvo Awards for Low Back Pain Research. Professor Marras has been active in the National Research Council (NRC) having served on over a dozen boards and committees and has served as Chair of the Board on Human Systems Integration for multiple terms. He has also served as Editor-in-Chief of Human Factors and is currently Deputy Editor of Spine and is the immediate past President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Dr. Marras recorded a TEDx talk entitled “Back Pain and your Brain” and was recently featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. He received a B.S. in engineering from Wright State University, an M.S.in industrial engineering from Wayne State University, a Ph.D. in bioengineering and ergonomics from Wayne State University, and a D.Sc. Honoris Causa from the University of Waterloo.
Daniel A. Reed
DANIEL A. REED is the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Iowa. He is also the University Computational Science and Bioinformatics Chair, and Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Reed was named Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Iowa in September 2012. He was Corporate Vice President at Microsoft from 2009 – 2012, responsible for global technology policy and extreme computing, and Director of Scalable and Multicore Computing at Microsoft from 2007 until 2009. He founded the Renaissance Computing Institute in 2004 and served as its director until December 2007. He was also Chancellor’s Eminent Professor and served as senior adviser for strategy and innovation to Chancellor James Moeser, UNC-Chapel Hill. He served as CIO and Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services at UNC-Chapel Hill from June 2004 through April 2007. Prior to that, he was Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Gutgsell Professor and head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), by President Bush, in 2006 and served on the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 2003–2005. As chair of PITAC’s computational science subcommittee, he was lead author of the report Computational Science: Ensuring America’s Competitiveness. On PCAST, he co-chaired the Networking and Information Technology subcommittee (with George Scalise of the Semiconductor Industry Association) and co-authored a report on the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program called Leadership Under Challenge: Information Technology R&D in Competitive World. He is also a member of PCAST’s Personalized Medicine subcommittee. Dr. Reed is the past chair of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA) and currently serves on its Government Affairs Committee. CRA represents the research interests of the university, national laboratory and industrial research laboratory communities in computing across North America. Dr. Reed received his B. S. (summa cum laude) in computer science from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1978, and his M. S. and Ph.D. in computer science Purdue University in 1980 and 1983.
Leslie E. Smith
LESLIE E. SMITH is scientist emeritus at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) after retiring as director of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory. He was previously chief of the Polymers Division at NIST where he built a world-class scientific program in polymer science that has made both fundamental advances to science and significant contributions to industrial technology. His personal research interests have been in the absorption of polymers and biological polymers relevant to artificial vascular materials and degradation reactions of polyesters, primarily as related to the lifetime of magnetic storage media. He has also edited a number of professional reference books. His external positions have included: U.S. editor, Polymer Communications; member, Advisory Committee on Preservation, National Archives; Advisory Board for Polymer Programs, University of Connecticut; Council for Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Akron; chair, Materials Technology Subcommittee, NSTC, OSTP; and member, Board of Directors ASTM International.
David A. Weitz
DAVID A. WEITZ (NAS/NAE) is the Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University in the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). He is also the director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), the co-director of the BASF Advanced Research Initiative, a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and a member of the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology. At Harvard University, Dr. Weitz’s research interests are the physics of soft condensed matter, specifically their structural and mechanical properties, the properties of colloidal suspensions, the mechanical properties of biomaterials, and microfluidics for making emulsions using multiphase flow. He also works closely with industry, having served on the board of directors for several start-ups including microfluidics-driven startups GnuBIO and Raindance. He has served as associate editor and member on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences editorial board, was a member of the Academies’ Panel on Review of the Physical Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and was a chair on the Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee. Dr. Weitz has served as a member of the Academies’ standing Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space. Dr. Weitz earned his B.Sc. with honors in physics in 1973, from the University of Waterloo; his A.M. in physics in 1975, from Harvard University; and his Ph.D. in physics also from Harvard University.
Arul Mozhi - (Staff Officer)
ARUL MOZHI is study director at the Laboratory Assessments Board (LAB). Since 1999, Dr. Mozhi has been directing projects in the areas of defense science and technology, including those carried out by numerous study committees of the LAB, the Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board (ARLTAB), the Naval Studies Board, and the National Materials and Manufacturing Board. Prior to joining the National Academies, Dr. Mozhi held technical and management positions in systems engineering and applied materials research and development at UTRON, Roy F. Weston, and Marko Materials. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (the latter in 1986) in materials engineering from the Ohio State University and then served as a postdoctoral research associate there. Dr. Mozhi received his B.Tech. in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1982.

Events



Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
Event Type :  
Meeting

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Arul Mozhi
Contact Email:  amozhi@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3469

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Jennie S. Hwang
Frederick R. Chang
Mark E. Eberhart
Prabhat Hajela
Wesley L. Harris
William S. Marras
Daniel A. Reed
Leslie E. Smith
David A. Weitz

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Review of the agenda and criteria and plan for the reviews.
Discussion of findings from the reviews.
Plan for the preparation of the final report.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
October 14, 2019
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Description :   


 


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Arul Mozhi
Contact Email:  amozhi@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3469

Agenda
Agenda

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Jennie S. Hwang
Frederick R. Chang
Mark E. Eberhart
Prabhat Hajela
Wesley L. Harris
William S. Marras
Daniel A. Reed

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

• Statement of Task and Goals of the Report
• ARL Organization for the Reviews
• Organization of the Panels and Review Schedule
• Template for Reviews: Agendas, Read Ahead Materials
• Information and Materials Required from ARL
• Report Development Schedule

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 05, 2019
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
Event Type :  
Meeting

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Arul Mozhi
Contact Email:  amozhi@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3469

Agenda
Agenda

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Dr. Jennie S. Hwang
NAE
Dr. Frederick R. Chang
NAE
Dr. Mark E. Eberhart
Dr. George T. Gray
III (Rusty)
NAE
Dr. Wesley L. Harris
NAE
Dr. William S. Marras
Dr. Alan Needleman
NAE
Dr. Daniel A. Reed

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Review of the agenda and criteria and plan for the reviews.
Discussion of findings from the reviews.
Plan for the preparation of the final report.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 17, 2018
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
Meeting

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Eva Labre
Contact Email:  elabre@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3311

Agenda
3

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Dr. Jennie S. Hwang
NAE
Dr. Mark E. Eberhart
Dr. George T. Gray
III (Rusty)
NAE
Dr. Prabhat Hajela
Dr. Wesley L. Harris
NAE
Dr. William S. Marras

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Review of the agenda and criteria and plan for the reviews.
Discussion of findings from the reviews.
Plan for the preparation of the final report.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 06, 2018
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
Meeting

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Arul Mozhi
Contact Email:  amozhi@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3469

Agenda
3

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Dr. Jennie S. Hwang
NAE
Dr. Mark E. Eberhart
Dr. George T. Gray
III (Rusty)
NAE
Dr. Prabhat Hajela
Dr. Wesley L. Harris
NAE
Dr. William S. Marras
NAE
Dr. Alan Needleman
NAE
Dr. Daniel A. Reed

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Review of the agenda and criteria and plan for the reviews.
Discussion of findings from the reviews.
Plan for the preparation of the final report.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
September 28, 2017
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
Meeting

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Arul Mozhi
Contact Email:  amozhi@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3469

Agenda
2

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Dr. Jennie S. Hwang
NAE
Dr. Mark E. Eberhart
Dr. George T. Gray
III (Rusty)
NAE
Dr. Prabhat Hajela
Dr. Wesley L. Harris
NAE
Dr. William S. Marras
NAE
Dr. Alan Needleman
NAE
Dr. Daniel A. Reed

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Review of the agenda and criteria and plan for the reviews.
Discussion of findings from the reviews.
Plan for the preparation of the final report.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 06, 2017
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications