In this discussion, Dr. Alan Van Nevel will present a brief overview of the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division (NAWCWD) at China Lake, and highlight ongoing efforts within the Research Directorate at NAWCWD. Topics to be covered include nanomaterial and metamaterial research, chemical synthesis work, autonomous systems with collaborative control, and atmospheric characterization. The goal is to highlight areas of active research and interest at NAWCWD and more broadly of the Navy.
Bio: Dr. Alan Van Nevel is the head of the Research Directorate for the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division (NAWCWD). The Research Directorate mission is to create and prevent technical surprise through exploring relevant, new or emerging areas of science, creating advanced technologies and capabilities, and applying new technologies and capabilities to Navy needs prior to becoming the Director of Research in April 2016, Alan served as the division head for the Weapons Guidance division. The Weapons Guidance division mission is to provide multi-spectral, multi-disciplined engineering expertise for all aspects of weapons guidance systems and warfighter environments; inclusive from initial research and development to battlespace performance.