Barry L. Farmer is Chief Scientist, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Dr. Farmer is a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives.
Dr. Farmer joined AFRL in 1998 as Senior Scientist for Polymeric Materials, Polymer Branch, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, where he led and performed research in polymeric materials, primarily focusing on structure-property relationships. Prior to that, he was Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Farmer has conducted research in polymer physics for 30 years. He is known for his research in computational molecular modeling and X-ray diffraction studies of semi-crystalline and liquid crystalline polymers, addressing the inter-relationships between molecular-scale interactions and macroscopic behavior. Dr. Farmer has written more than 100 publications and co-edited a book and two journal issues on these topics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He serves on the Executive Committee and as Secretary-Treasurer of the APS Division of Polymer Physics. Dr. Farmer is Alternate Councilor for the American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Polymer and is also Chair of the Society of Plastics Engineers Research Award Subcommittee.
1969 Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, Case Institute of Technology
1972 Master of Science degree in macromolecular science, Case Institute of Technology
1974 Doctor of Philosophy degree in macromolecular science, Case Western Reserve University
1. 1973 - 1976, National Research Council postdoctoral research associate and research chemist, National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, Md.
2. 1976 - 1987, Assistant Professor, later, Associate Professor, later, Acting Department Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman (1985 1986, visiting scientist, IBM Almaden Research Laboratory)
3. 1987 - 1998, Associate Professor, later, Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (1997 1997, Thomas Jefferson Visiting Fellow, Downing College, University of Cambridge)
4. 1998 - 2001, Senior Scientist, Polymeric Materials, Polymer Branch, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. 2002 - present, Chief Scientist, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
AWARDS AND HONORS
1985 Outstanding Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Washington State University
1997 Thomas Jefferson Visiting Fellow, Downing College, University of Cambridge
2008 Meritorious Senior Professional Presidential Rank Award
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Physical Society
American Chemical Society
American Crystallographic Association
Materials Research Society
Society of Plastics Engineers
(Current as of January 2009)