at GMU is to stimulate new science of “impact” across department lines in GMU’s College of Science and to initiate collaborations in the College of Engineering. As Director of the Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering at NRL, Dr. Schnur provided scientific direction and management in the areas of complex bio/molecular systems with the aim of modifying structures in ways that will lead to the development of useful devices, techniques, and systems of use for the Navy and the Department of Defense. Dr. Schnur’s research interests focus on understanding the relationship between the structure of molecules and observed macroscopic phenomena. This interest has led to his publications in the areas of critical phenomena, liquid crystals, picosecond spectroscopy, high-pressure and shock-related phenomena, self-assembly of biologically derived microstructures, and, recently, bio-based power sources bioinformatics, systems biology, and genomics. Dr. Schnur has more than 150 publications and issued patents, which have led to more than 3,000 citations; 20 of his more than 40 patents have produced or are currently producing royalties. He received his A.B. in chemistry from Rutgers University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Georgetown University.
LYLE H. SCHWARTZ (NAE) retired from government service in 2004, after 18 years as a member of the Senior Executive Service. In his last position, as Director of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), he guided the management of the entire basic research investment for the U.S. Air Force. He led a staff of more than 200 scientists, engineers, and support people in Arlington, Virginia, and two foreign technology offices, in London and Tokyo. As Director, he was charged with maintaining the technological superiority of the Air Force. Each year, AFOSR selects, sponsors, and manages revolutionary basic research relevant to Air Force needs. The investment of AFOSR in basic research programs is distributed across 300 academic institutions, 145 industry contracts, and more than 150 research efforts within the Air Force Research Laboratory. Prior to becoming AFOSR’s Director, Dr. Schwartz directed the AFOSR’s Aerospace and Materials Sciences Directorate. From 1984 to 1997, he served as Director of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In that position, he managed programs in both structural and functional materials, with research emphasis ranging from basic to applied. From 1989 to 1997, he led the multiagency materials research coordination committee for the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and was responsible for the development of the Presidential Initiative on Advanced Materials and Processing launched in 1991. Previously, he taught and served as Director of the Materials Research Center at Northwestern University. He has written more than 85 technical papers and is a co-author of two textbooks in materials science and engineering. He received his B.S. in science engineering and Ph.D. in materials science from Northwestern University.