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Top leadership at APG now confirmed to attend Visionary Awards Gala, 28 February: CECOM Commanding General, MG Robert Ferrell, Deputy to the Commanding General, Gary Martin and Director, RDECOM, Dale Ormond.

ess speaker dr patrick baker 1301102 300x225Dr. Patrick J. Baker is the Director of the Army Research Laboratory’s Weapons and Materials Research Directorate (WMRD). WMRD conducts research in Lethality, Protection, and Materials and Manufacturing and manages and collaborates on multiple extramural programs ranging from basic research to manufacturing technology. The Directorate consists of approximately 450 employees with annual revenue over $200 million. Dr Baker’s presentation. pdfClick Here for the Presentation.

From 1995 to his appointment in May 2012, Dr. Baker held several positions in ARL. Starting as a bench researcher, he progressed through Explosives Technologies Branch Chief; Deputy Director WMRD, and Chief of the Terminal Effects and Protection Divisions. Dr. Baker also managed the extramural Joint Insensitive Munitions Technology Program on behalf of OUSD/AT&L/Office of Land Warfare & Munitions.
Dr. Baker currently serves as Chair of the RDECOM Protection Technology Focus Team. He serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Joint Munitions, Fuze Technology, and Insensitive Munitions Technology Programs. He is a member of the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium Executive Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors for two High Performance Software Application Institutes. He formally chaired the TTCP Terminal Effects Technical Panel, the Joint Insensitive Munitions Technical Panel, the US Army Insensitive Munitions Board, and he was active or led several JANNAF panels and activities during his early technical career.
Dr. Baker started his career with the Army in July 1984 at the Ballistics ResearchLaboratory. After leaving in 1989 to pursue and complete his PhD, Dr. Baker worked for the University of Dayton Research Institute before returning to Army in 1995.
Dr. Baker holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Baker has over 60 technical publications and reports. He is a recipient of the JANNAF PSHS Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award, an Army’s Greatest Invention Award, the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the Army Exceptional Civilian Service Award. pdfClick here for the presentation.

lukeandwordsRSTEM Student Star: Luke Raymond, Rising Sun High School STEM Academy

Luke Raymond was the STEM student speaker for the NMTC’s Expert Speakers Series held June 14, 2012 at Cecil College in Elkton. Raymond is a 2012 graduate of Rising Sun High School’s STEM Academy and will study biomedical engineering at Drexel University this fall.

Raymond’s Capstone Project researched utilizing shear thickening fluids as dampeners to reduce back-plane deformation. He focused on a mixture of water and cornstarch, which under pressure, he explained, thickens and acts like a solid. He told members of the NMTC and their guests his experiments used a tower to drop a strike bar onto a clay witness, a standardized testing product to measure backplane deformation. When the shear fluid was in place, backplane deformation was reduced by as much as 50 percent.

Raymond’s project extended research being conducted at Aberdeen Proving Ground, where scientists are looking at the substance for use in body armor. He tested the substance’s ability to stop blunt force trauma, such as a strike from a crowbar or a bat.

He conducted his research under the guidance of Dr. Jeremy Fowler, PhD., from the University of Delaware School of Engineering and Anthony Pallanta, from the University of Delaware’s Wagner Research Group.

siteUDel’s STAR Campus to be Hybrid College Campus, Real Estate Development

The University of Delaware’s Science Technology and Research Campus in Newark will not be a typical college campus with sprawling quads and august architecture. Nor will it be a typical real estate venture with high pressure sales deals designed to get the space occupied expediently.

Instead, UDel’s Board of Directors has laid out a vision for “slow, careful development with urban type density.”

That’s according to Andrew Lubin, UDel’s director of real estate. He spoke to members and guests of NMTC, the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council at the June 14, 2012 Expert Speakers Series. The meeting was hosted by Cecil College, whose president, Dr. Stephen Pannill, is a member of the NMTC Board of Directors.

Lubin said the 272-acre parcel was home to a Chrysler auto assembly plant. UDel’s offer of $24 million was accepted by the U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court in 2009.

“Because of environmental and remedial unknowns, UDel was the only legitimate bidder,” Lubin said. “It could take 40 or 50 years to fully develop.”

The university plans to retain all land rights, but enter into ground lease agreements with private and public entities in the health sciences, energy, environment, national security and defense sectors.

Ground broke on Phase I in December 2011, with construction scheduled to begin this summer. Phase I will transform the existing Chrysler administration building and its environs into a space for health and life science teaching, research, and practice. Prospective tenants include scientific and academic entities including UDel’s College of Health Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy, Nurse Managed Care Center, Delaware Rehabilitation Institute, BADER Consortium and the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance.

That 15-acre parcel is all that will remain of the original development on the site. The rest will be developed by the ground lease holders.

UDel recently entered into an agreement with Bloom Energy to lease about 50 acres of the STAR campus, where the company will manufactures an energy product called “bloomboxes” as well as conduct research to improve its product.

“Clearing began in December of 2011,” Lubin said. “The goal is to attract their vendors and contractors, and two are in negotiations. The University of Delaware does liquid fuel cell research, so this has great potential for a collaborative relationship.”

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