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Joint CSL & AE 590: Dr. David Han, "Discovery and Invention Portfolio of ONR"

Event Type
Aerospace Engineering
301 Coordinated Science Lab
Aug 27, 2013   1:00 pm  
Dr. David Han, Deputy Director of Research in the Office of Naval Research (ONR)
Kendra Lindsey
Originating Calendar
Aerospace Engineering Seminars

For more than six decades, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) has supported the world's greatest scientific thinkers to achieve research, invention, discovery and engineering breakthroughs for our Sailors and Marines. Thousands of scientists, including 60 Nobel Prize winners, have been supported by ONR; together, their research has literally changed the world: cell phones; the Global Positioning System (GPS); life-saving vaccines; the laser; fiber optics; radar; blood-clotting agents; semiconductors; nanotechnologies and more are among ONR-sponsored technologies that have benefitted the Navy, Marine Corps and the planet at large.

ONR continues this tradition with the Discovery and Invention portfolio consisting of basic research (Budget Activity  6.1) and early applied research (Budget Activity  6.2). The D&I portfolio by design has a broad focus with a long time span from 5-20 years needed to mature discoveries. Its programs are selected based on potential Naval relevance and technology opportunity. Today’s presentation will briefly describe some key components of the D&I portfolio, including Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), Basic Research Challenge (BRC), and Young Investigator Program (YIP).

David Han is the Deputy Director of Research of the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The research directorate manages over $900 million dollars annually of basic and applied research portfolios in support of the US Navy and Marine Corps.

Dr. Han received a BS from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a MSE and PhD from Johns Hopkins University. He received a Professional Engineer's License (PE) in mechanical branch in the State of Hawaii in 1985. He served as a naval nuclear engineer at Pearl Harbor Naval shipyard from 1981 to 1987. From 1987 to 1995, he was with Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) at White Oak as a research engineer in the underwater weapons program. In 1995 he became a program officer at ONR, directing research programs in Mine Countermeasure (MCM) technologies. In 1998, he joined Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory as senior professional staff. He was later detailed to ONR as the systems integration manager and program manager of the MCM Future Naval Capability program office. In 2005, he joined the University of Maryland at College Park as a visiting associate professor and the Deputy Director of the Center for Energetic Concepts Development (CECD). He became the Distinguished IWS Chair Professor of the Systems Engineering Department of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis in 2007. He returned to ONR in 2009, serving as a program officer in the Ocean Engineering and Marine Systems team. He was appointed as the Deputy Director of Research of ONR in July of 2012.

Dr. Han has authored/coauthored over 50 papers including 4 book chapters. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Morgan State University, and Korea University at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He has accumulated a wide variety of technical expertise including: nuclear engineering, thermal-fluid dynamics, structural mechanics, IR signature analyses, energetic materials, shock physics, impedance computed tomography, and closed loop control systems. His current technical interests include image/speech processing and recognition, machine learning, and human robot interaction.

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