The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is the Army’s corporate laboratory. ARL’s research continuum stretches from early, long-term, basic research to evolving new technologies to supporting current operations. Through collaborative alliances such as Materials in Extreme Environments, Network Sciences, Autonomous Systems, Robotics, Cognition and Neuroergonomics, ARL researchers lead and work in partnership with national and international experts in industry, academia and federal laboratories. This presentation will highlight select basic research thrusts within ARL today that are poised to create unprecedented capabilities for the Army of the future embracing ARL’s vision America’s laboratory for the Army: Many Minds, Many Capabilities, Single Focus on the Soldier.
Dr. Ozden Ochoa is the Associate Director for Science & Technology at the Army Research Laboratory Headquarters in Adelphi, Maryland and a professor of mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society for Composites.
Dr. Ochoa served as the Director of Aerospace Sciences and Materials Directorate at U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research in Arlington, Virginia from 2005-2006. She actively conducted research and established focus areas in composites as the senior technologist (Composites-ST) at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio from 2003 to 2005. From 1999 to 2005, Dr. Ochoa was an advisor to the NATO Science for Peace Project working with a team of Canadian, Russian, Belarusian, and Ukrainian scientists and engineers. Additionally, from 1997 to 1999, as the program manager of at AFOSR, she developed the portfolio for Mechanics of Composites as a fundamental research area. Dr. Ochoa spent a year in 1986 at Bell Helicopter Textron to implement fracture mechanics of composites into design and development of helicopter blades. Her on-campus leadership at Texas A&M University includes service as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Thrust Area Lead for Composite Structure and Materials at the NSF TAMU-UT Offshore Technology Research Center.
At present, Dr. Ochoa is the president of the Executive Council of the International Committee for Composite Materials She served as the president of the American Society for Composites from 2006 to 2007 and on the Board of Governors of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers from 2004 to 2007. Among her many honors are 2012 ASTM D30 Wayne Stinchcomb Memorial Award, 2005 American Society for Composites-Destech Award in Composites; American Society of Mechanical Engineers Dedicated Service Award; Texas A&M University International Excellence Award; and the Texas A&M University Honors Program Teacher/Scholar Award and International Excellence Award. In 1997, she was named to the Texas A&M Mechanical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Graduates. She was recognized in 2003 as a Texas A&M Dwight Look College of Engineering Fellow.
Dr. Ochoa’s research expertise is focused on integrating computational and experimental mechanics to address material and structural characterization of fiber-reinforced polymer and ceramic matrix composites, and multi-functional carbon foams. Her research contributions in mechanics of composite materials and structures with applications in the aerospace, offshore, automotive and industries have culminated in over 200 journal and proceeding publications, technical reports and one book. Her research programs are sponsored by AFOSR, NSF, NASA and numerous companies.
Dr. Ochoa holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Bogazici University (Robert College) in Turkey, and a master's degree in nuclear engineering and a doctorate in mechanical engineering, both from Texas A&M University.