Naval officer to present key research to advance Navy and Marine technology

Published: Mar 29, 2010 1:00:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334-844-3447

David Shifler, science and technology (S&T) program officer in the Naval Materials Division of the Sea Warfare and Weapons Department, will present the seminar "ONR S&T Program-Relevant Research to Support the future Navy and Marine Corps" on Wednesday, March 31, at 2 p.m. in 1103 Shelby Center. A reception will be held prior to the seminar from 1:30-2:00 p.m. in the McCartney Suite.

Shifler will discuss the mission of the Office of Naval Research and its efforts to foster and encourage scientific research to improve future naval power and national security. He will briefly describe three key subareas of research that explore and create critical solutions for Navy and Marine Corps capabilities and sustainment of those capabilities.

Shifler has over 35 years of experience in materials and materials characterizations. His responsibilities as S&T program officer are in the areas of high temperature propulsion materials for aero gas turbine engines, cellular materials for blast migration and thermal management, as well as alternative fuels for future Naval and Marine Corps platforms. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Western Maryland College and master's and doctoral degrees in materials science and engineering from Johns Hopkins University.