AFRL scientist receives award from prestigious research society

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Dr. Timothy White of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory was recently named a recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Young Investigator Award of the Materials Research Society. 

This award recognizes exceptional, interdisciplinary scientific work in the field of materials science by a young scientist or engineer who also shows excellent promise as a developing leader in the materials research community.

Nominees for this award must be a young scientist or engineer who has contributed in an outstanding and innovative way to the progress of materials research.

White is currently Research Team Leader in the Photonic Materials Branch and was chosen for this award based on his work with liquid crystalline materials.  Liquid crystals are best known for their use in displays.  Our efforts at AFRL have focused on extending the applicability of liquid crystals beyond display applications."

"I was pleasantly surprised", White said of the honor.  "I am and continue to be extremely humbled by the honor and can only thank the researchers and post-doctoral associates in my research group, as well as the organization for fostering such a great environment to grow as a young scientist and work problems that are important for our nation's defense."

The Materials Research Society is a recognized leader in the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania (USA), MRS membership now spans over 80 countries.

The Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate develops materials, processes, and advanced manufacturing technologies for aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets, and ground-based systems and their structural, electronic and optical components. Air Force product centers, logistic centers, and operating commands rely on the directorate's expertise in materials, nondestructive inspection, systems support, and advanced manufacturing methods to solve system, expeditionary deployment, and operational challenges.