not simply through staff credentials but through the combination of talent, motivation, and teamwork. SEDD scientists and engineers are not only talented—they are also highly motivated and work together in a team environment to deliver solutions to Army problems.
An organization such as ARL is judged primarily on the transition of solutions from the laboratory to the field. Thus, experimental results are usually at the forefront compared to theoretical results. SEDD does an excellent job of using computational methods to support experimental procedures, such as in signal processing or antenna design. Theoretical foundations are not necessarily given as much emphasis as computation or experimental methods. While SEDD has strength in the theory behind its research, there are some areas, as noted in the “Opportunities and Challenges” section above, where additional support in the development of deep theoretical foundations could benefit ongoing and future programs.
SEDD has well-equipped laboratories and facilities to support its ongoing projects and is responsive to the facilities needs of its researchers. As an example, the recent acquisition of new etching tools for MEMS fabrication has enhanced the production of these devices. That being said, acquiring the capital investment necessary for state-of-the-art research is an ongoing battle, especially given current and future funding constraints. The facilities and equipment available to SEDD determine in part whether the appropriate human resources will be available to achieve future success. Top-notch scientists and engineers are attracted to organizations that provide not only interesting projects but also the capital investment necessary to achieve the goals of those projects. To this end SEDD will require the support of ARL management to ensure that it has the investment resources necessary to keep SEDD at the forefront of research activities worldwide.
SEDD management and SEDD researchers have been extremely responsive to the Board’s recommendations. The technical assessment process takes time and resources in order to prepare, present, and discuss reviewed programs and projects. SEDD has taken a proactive and positive approach to the assessment process, which in the Board’s perception has become beneficial to all involved.