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Meeting the 'Challenge': Office of Naval Research funds new projects
Date:12/13/2011

ion for More Effective Small Unit Decision- Making Training Technologies; Dr. Ivy Estabrooke and Cmdr. Joseph Cohn
Researchers will characterize intuitive decision making and develop training technologies to enhance it.

  • CouplingsOcean to Space or Ionospheric Drivers from Below; Scott Budzien
    The research will address new fundamental, multidisciplinary science questions about the coupling of near spacethe Earth's upper atmosphere, 20-100 kilometers above sea levelto the physical processes below.

    The program officers for each topic will seek principal investigators, or lead scientists, at academic institutions and labs to conduct the research.

    Dr. Dan Green, a program officer for materials research in ONR's electronics group, won an award last year with ONR colleague Dr. Wally Smith for research on phase transition electronics.

    "We're trying to create the device or the widget that's going to replace the transistor," Green said. "It's really about changing the mechanics that underpin a lot of the electronics technology that we use."

    Green is supervising four teams of university-based principal investigators with expertise in solid state physics and semiconductors to advance the knowledge of metal-to-insulator transitions.

    "Material can go from being a metal to being an insulator," he explained. "We're trying to understand how to use that property in electronic devices. If we end up with something that's like a transistor, hopefully it is going to have better properties than what is available to us with conventional approaches."

    ONR's BRC program began in 2008. The organization's director of research (DOR) selects several projects annually for the award. ONR program managers propose research topics that are prioritized by department heads into a pool of approximately 30 candidates. A third of those are chosen for formal presentations before a panel consisting of the DOR, deputy DOR and div
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  • Contact: Tammy White
    onrcsc@onr.navy.mil
    703-696-0309
    Office of Naval Research
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