Sarwat Chappell

SARWAT CHAPPELL is Program Officer for Weapons, Power and Energy at ONR’s Sea Warfare and Weapons Department, leading the basic research of novel technologies for surface and undersea weapons, vehicles, power, energy, and thermal management. She has held numerous ONR positions in the areas of lasers and directed energy, including leading the Office of Secretary Defense (OSD) Atmospheric Propagation Sciences for High Energy Lasers (APSHEL) U.S.-India collaborative program and the OSD HEL-JTO Advanced Concepts Technology Area Working Group (AC TAWG). Ms. Chappell has also served as the ONR Program Officer for Directed Energy, as the Deputy Program Manager and the Lead Program Manager for the Free Electron Laser Innovative Naval Prototype (INP) program, and as the manager of the Applied Electromagnetics (APPEL) and initial Hyper Velocity Projectile (HVP) programs. Prior to joining ONR, Ms. Chappell was Chief Scientist for Naval Gunnery at Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) and the PEO IWS Advanced Technology Director for all Surface Ship Weapons, and she also worked as an engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. Ms. Chappell holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Tennessee Technological University.