Seminar Series: Friday, February 24, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.

JSNN Seminar Series

Title: “A Century of Science for the Navy: From the Earliest U.S. Radar to Today’s Electromagnetic Materials Program.”

Speaker: Brian Bennett, Ph.D.
Program Officer for Electromagnetic Materials, and funds efforts in complex oxides and phase-change materials.
Office of Naval Research
Date and Time: Friday, 2/24/2017, 11:00 A.M.
Location: JSNN Auditorium

2907 E. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro, NC 27401


The creation of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in 1923 and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in 1946 were pivotal events in the development of science and technology for the U.S. Navy and the nation. I will discuss the historical conditions that led to the creation of NRL and ONR including the development of industrial research laboratories in the early part of the 20th Century and university research for the military during the Second World War. I will present examples of technologies developed by NRL and ONR including radar and GPS. Finally, I will discuss employment opportunities at NRL, the various ONR programs to fund research at universities, and my program in electromagnetic materials.


Dr. Bennett received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in geophysics from M.I.T. in 1984 and 1985. From 1984 to 1988, he served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, conducting research in the Solid State Sciences Division in Bedford, MA. He then returned to M.I.T. and received the Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 1992. Since then, he has been at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. His research focuses on the molecular beam epitaxial growth and applications of antimonide and arsenide semiconductor heterostructures, including high-mobility quantum wells for low-power n- and p-channel field-effect transistors. Dr. Bennett’s published papers and patents have been cited 10,000 times. From 2006 to 2014, he served as head of the Nanotechnology Section which included 12 PhD scientists working on topics including graphene and other 2D materials, phase-change materials, atomic layer deposition, and plasmonics. Since 2014, he has been detailed to the Office of Naval Research where he is Program Officer for Electromagnetic Materials, and funds efforts in complex oxides and phase-change materials. He received the 2009 Navy Top Scientist/Engineer of the Year Award and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.