Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC

Laboratory Coordinator:
Erica M. Deschak 
Human Resources Coordinator
Code 1810 Building 72 North
4555 Overlook Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20375-5320
Erica.deschak@nrl.navy.mil

  • All participants must be U.S. citizens. NRL will not accept Permanent Residents or Dual Citizens as applicants for the ONR Summer Faculty Program.

 

  • As the Navy’s full-spectrum corporate laboratory, NRL conducts a broadly based, multidisciplinary program of scientific research and advanced technological development directed toward maritime applications of new and improved materials; techniques; equipment; systems; ocean, atmospheric, and space sciences; and related technologies. Specific leadership responsibilities and expertise are maintained in the following areas:

 

  • Primary in-house research in the physical, engineering, space and environmental sciences;

 

  • Broadly based exploratory and advanced development programs in response to identified and anticipated Navy needs;

 

  • Broad multidisciplinary support to the Naval Warfare Centers;

 

Space systems technology, development, and support.

 

The list below outlines broad fields of NRL research and some of the specific topics NRL is investigating for the benefit of the Naval services and other sponsoring organizations.

  • Autonomous Systems
  • Cognitive robotics
  • Test and evaluation of autonomous systems
  • Human-system interaction
  • Swarm behaviors
  • Power and energy, sensors, and networking and communications for autonomous systems
  • Device Technology
  • RF photonics
  • Fiber sensor devices
  • Quantum electronics
  • Power electronic devices
  • IR sensors
  • Solid-state devices
  • Radiation-hardened electronics
  • Microwave and millimeter-wave components and techniques
  • Hydrogen masers for GPS
  • Aperture syntheses
  • Vacuum electronics
  • Signature technology
  • Directed Energy Technology
  • Laser propagation
  • High-power microwave sources
  • Pulsed power
  • High-energy and chemical lasers
  • Pulse detonation engines
  • RAM accelerators
  • Electronic Warfare
  • Repeaters/jammers, EO/IR active countermeasures and decoys
  • Intercept receivers, signal processing, and identification systems
  • Expendable autonomous vehicles/UAVs
  • Effectiveness of Naval EW Systems (ENEWS)
  • Threat and EW systems modeling and simulation
  • Microwave photonics
  • Enhanced Maintainability, Reliability, and Survivability Technology
  • Coatings
  • Corrosion monitoring and control
  • Lubricants and greases
  • Water additives and cleaners
  • Fire safety and fire suppression
  • Laser hardening
  • Satellite survivability
  • Missile blast survivability
  • Environmental Effects on Naval Systems
  • Meteorological effects on electro-optical system performance
  • Air quality in confined spaces
  • Solar and geomagnetic activity
  • Oceanographic effects on acoustic system performance
  • Magnetospheric and space plasma effects
  • Contaminant transport
  • Structure and variability of the middle atmosphere
  • Information Technology
  • Free space photonics communications
  • Adversarial modeling and exploitation
  • Artificial intelligence and intelligent autonomy
  • Communication and networking theory
  • High assurance computer systems and information security
  • Information transmission and reception technology
  • Information management and decision architectures
  • High performance computers and networking technologies
  • Marine Geosciences
  • Geoacoustic and geomagnetic modeling
  • Marine seismology
  • Geotechnology/sediment dynamics
  • Geospatial information systems
  • Materials
  • Biocorrosion
  • Biomolecular engineering
  • Theory of materials
  • Mobility fuels/explosives/propellants
  • Materials processing
  • Advanced alloy systems
  • Rapid solidification technology
  • High-temperature materials
  • Laser fabrication and processing
  • Ceramics and composite materials
  • Superconductivity
  • Thin films and coatings
  • Structural characterization of materials
  • Meteorology
  • Air/sea interaction effects on operations
  • Data assimilation techniques
  • Global/regional forecasting
  • Tactical database development
  • Meteorological tactical decision aids
  • Nanoelectronics and Microelectronics
  • Novel, nanostructure-based sensors
  • New materials and nano devices
  • Oceanography
  • Open-ocean, littoral, polar, and nearshore oceanographic forecasting
  • Shallow water tactical oceanography
  • In situ oceanographic sensors and data fusion
  • Bio-optical and fine-scale physical processes
  • Waves, tides, and surf prediction
  • Data assimilation techniques
  • Remote sensing of in-water environmental parameters using hyperspectral imaging
  • Plasma Physics
  • Radiation hydrodynamics
  • Laser plasma interactions
  • Pulsed power
  • Large-area plasma processing
  • Space plasma simulations
  • Space Research and Technology
  • Advanced Space systems
  • Ionospheric studies
  • Space sensing applications
  • Sun-Earth interactions
  • Space environment astrophysics
  • Remote sensing of the Earth from space
  • Satellite communications
  • Spacecraft design, engineering, and integration
  • Satellite ground station design
  • Navigation technology
  • Astrodynamics
  • Mesospheric studies
  • Surveillance and Sensor Technology
  • Imaging radars
  • Target classification/identification
  • Underwater acoustic propagation, reverberation, and noise
  • Electromagnetic sensors, gamma ray to RF wavelengths
  • SQUID for magnetic field detection
  • Low observables technology
  • Undersea Technology
  • Anechoic coatings
  • Fiber-optic acoustic sensors
  • Shallow water environmental acoustics and sensor systems
  • Target reflection, diffraction, and scattering
  • Unmanned undersea vehicle dynamics
  • Weapons launch