Defense Systems Digest - 23 October 2018 / (Photo Credit: NASA Glenn Research Center)

Notable Technical Inquiry

What research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) is being done on ceramic additively manufactured (AM) gas engine turbine blades?

DSIAC reached out to subject matter experts (SMEs) working in the field of ceramic AM and generated a summary of RDT&E being done in this...

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Thomas J. Meirzler, Ph.D
Senior Technical Expert, Ground Vehicle Survivability and Protection, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)

My B.S. and M.S. degrees are in physics, and I received my Ph.D. in electrical engineering. Since 1988, I’ve supported TARDEC as a research engineer in survivability and have been involved with development, validation and verification of electro-optical, infrared and human visual acquisition models. As TARDEC’s Visual Perception Laboratory principal scientist and investigator, I worked with Ford and GM to apply visual target acquisition models to vehicle conspicuity and novel sensors to automobile 360-degree safety. Other areas of work include developing and integrating armor related technologies for embedded health-monitoring, embedded radio signal detection, and non-destructive testing. I have authored/co-authored many papers in electro-optic system simulation, visual detection, sensor validation, nondestructive armor evaluation, embedded piezoelectric nondestructive testing of armor, and spintronics. Some of the things I enjoy most are guiding development of embedded sensors that can improve warfighter and robotic combat survivability by providing real-time armor health monitoring and situational awareness and testing novel radar sensors based on spintronics.

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