Ralph Adler is a research metallurgist on the coatings and corrosion team in the Materials Applications Branch of the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). He works in the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate of ARL, which is located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and has been a federal employee working for the Army since 1985, when he joined the Army Materials Technology Laboratory. Dr. Adler is a research scientist and is not involved in the formulation or implementation of DOD policy. His research interests include science education and awareness for all levels of our society. He has taught graduate-level courses in x-ray diffraction at Northeastern University. To encourage technical collaboration between ARL and universities, he has worked with university faculty in an advisory capacity to provide project oversight and to share resources and materials as well as collaboratively by coauthoring joint publications. He has served as a science fair judge at both local and national levels and organized the initial student poster session at the 2005 Tri-Service Corrosion Conference. To improve science awareness of public school students and the quality of science education in his hometown, he has been a member of the Committee on Science Education of the Citizens for Wellesley Public Education; its charter was to enhance and enrich science education of public school students through strong support of the Wellesley public schools science faculty and by obtaining donations of scientific equipment. Dr. Adler has represented the Army on several high-level DOD panels: currently as an ARL member of the Corrosion Forum, where he is chair of the Corrosion Education Consortium; earlier as chair of Subpanel 8 (materials processing/manufacturing research) for Project RELIANCE-Technical Panel of Advanced Materials; as a member of the Laboratory Infrastructures Consolidation Study in the office of the Secretary of Defense, the JDL-TPAM Manufacturing Sciences Working Group; two sessions of the Technical Managers Acquisition Workshop; and as secretary for the Metals Panel TP-1 of the Materials Technology and Performance of the MAT group of TTCP. He is or has been a member of a number of professional committees: as service liaison on NRC panels NMAB-444 and -467; as a member of the ASM/Advisory Technical Awareness Council; on thesis review panels for WPI and Northwestern University; and played leadership roles as chair and executive committee member of the Boston section of The Metallurgical Society (TMS)/AIME. He has also participated in many Army/DOD/NSF Source Selection panels and has been an invited member of the ARL/ARO and IRAD technical review boards. Dr. Adler earned a D.Eng. in metallurgy from Yale University and has over 40 years of experience in leading and conducting sponsored or in-house research on a variety of materials science and engineering programs in both industrial and Army organizations. With his expertise in synthesis, metals processing, and materials characterization, he has authored publications and holds U.S. patents in a variety of technical areas with commercial and military applications.

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