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DR. RAJESH R. NAIK

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Dr. Rajesh R. Naik, a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is the Chief Scientist of the 711th Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  He is the primary science and technology adviser to the wing commander.  In this position he provides technical vision and strategy for the wing’s science and technology plans, coordinates with other Department of Defense organizations, academic and industrial partners.  

Dr. Naik joined AFRL in 1999 as a visiting scientist and became a federal employee in 2004, where he was assigned the position of Biotechnology Group Leader.  In 2007 he was appointed the technology adviser for biotechnology in the Nanostructure and Biological Materials Branch.  Dr. Naik also served as the Chair for AFRL’s Bio-X Strategic Technology Team from 2008 to 2011. He is the lead for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Applied Research for the Advancement of S&T Priorities Program (FY17-19) on Synthetic Biology for Military Environments.

Scientifically, Dr. Naik has research interests in the areas of biomaterials, nanotechnology and biomimetics, with focus on biosensing, bioelectronics, nanostructured materials, and protein engineering.  He has published over 210 peer-reviewed articles, several book chapters,  and has 10 awarded patents.  He is also active in numerous technical communities.

EDUCATION
1990 Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, University of Bombay, India
1992 Master of Science, Biological Sciences) Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa.
1998 Doctorate in Biological Sciences, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.
1998 Howard Hughes Research Fellow, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, New Brunswick, N.J.
2009 Air War College, by correspondence

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 1999 – 2002, Visiting Scientist, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
2. 2002 – 2004, Senior Visiting Scientist, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
3. 2004 – 2007, Biotechnology Group Leader, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
4. 2007 – 2011, Technology Adviser, Nano and Bio Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
5. 2008 – 2011, Chair, AFRL Bio-X Strategic Technology Team, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
6. 2011 – 2015, Research Team Leader, Soft Matter Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
7. 2015 – present, Chief Scientist, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio  
                                                                            
MAJOR AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Fellow, American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering
Fellow, Materials Research Society
Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
Fellow, International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)
Fellow, Air Force Research Laboratory
General Lester L. Lyles Award
Charles J. Cleary Scientific Award 
High Impact Fellow, Nottingham-Trent University, UK
Authur S. Flemming Award for Basic Research (Air Force nominee)
John McLucas Award for Basic Research
Air Force Star Team Award for Excellence in Basic Research
Air Force Civilian Achievement Award 
Air Force Outstanding Scientist Award
Affiliate Societies Council Outstanding Engineers and Scientists Award for Research
Vince Russo Award for Leadership Excellence 

(Current as of January 2019)

 

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