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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The U.S. Army recently announced the selection of a new senior research scientist for materials science.

Dr. Adam Rawlett assumed the position March 3. He had been serving as chief scientist for the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate in the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory since 2017.

Across the Army there are less than 50 senior research scientists, known as STs, who serve as general-officer equivalents, advising leadership on science matters.

As the Materials Science ST, Rawlett will serve as the "principal scientific leader for the Army's national and international fundamental materials science and engineering research programs," according to the Army announcement.

In the Army, materials science relates to weapons, platforms, Soldier equipment, and lifecycle affordability across ground, air and Soldier domains.

"Dr. Rawlett will provide materials expertise and leadership across the Army to accelerate availability of disruptive discoveries and innovations that will enable the United States and our partners to compete and win in multi-domain operations. Internal to ARL, he will focus on our core competencies in Materials Research and Sciences for Lethality and Protection," said Dr. Jeff Zabinski, WMRD director. "Materials is one of the laboratory's enduring core competencies because of its potential to enable leap-ahead capabilities. Performance, affordability and availability of structural and multifunctional materials will empower the Soldier of the future."

Transformational materials play an essential role in resolving the challenges of operational overmatch and force protection and are essential for deep futures challenges, according to the Army statement announcing Rawlett's appointment.

Rawlett received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry with a minor in biology from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1995 and a doctorate in synthetic organic chemistry from Rice University, Houston, Texas, in 2000. He has been published in more than 96 publications, holds 10 patents, and written seven book chapters.

"Please join me in congratulating Dr. Rawlett on this significant professional accomplishment as he becomes a member of the prestigious senior professional community," wrote CCDC Commanding General Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins in a note to the workforce.


The CCDC Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. As the Army's corporate research laboratory, ARL discovers, innovates and transitions science and technology to ensure dominant strategic land power. Through collaboration across the command's core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our Nation's wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.

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