PICATINNY ARSNEAL, N.J. -- Brian E. Fuchs, whose work has involved the development of munitions that are less susceptible to accidental detonation, was appointed Senior Research Scientist for Insensitive Munitions at a June 10 ceremony at the Lindner Conference Center.
Insensitive munitions are munitions which reliably fulfill their performance, readiness and operational requirements.
But they also minimize the probability of inadvertent initiation and the severity of subsequent collateral damage to weapon platforms, logistic systems and personnel when subjected to unplanned stimuli. These stimuli include bullets, warheads, fires, and adjacent detonating munitions.
The intent of insensitive munitions is to prevent accidents that result in the loss of human life, cost of repairing and replacing material, and the effect on operational readiness and capability.
Fuchs was hired in 1983 by Dr. Pai Lu, a pioneer in Army Insensitive Munitions Technologies. Fuchs has performed his work for the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center at Picatinny Arsenal. He conducts research and development of military systems using energetic materials.
"I am extremely proud that my career has in many forms involved improving safety for the warfighter," Fuchs said at his appointment ceremony.
A senior research scientist would be classified as a non-executive, senior professional employee in professional and scientific positions, also known as "ST" jobs.
Fuchs has played leadership roles in a variety of boards and organizations focused on research on insensitive munitions, including for the U.S Army, Department of Defense and NATO.
In addition to his expertise in development of insensitive munitions, Fuchs is a leader in the rapidly growing field of research on explosive ink. His team leadership has resulted in the first qualified explosive ink.
Fuchs has earned 13 patents and has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications and reports.
He is a mechanical engineer who received a bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also attended the Stevens Institute of Technology and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
Fuchs is an adjunct profession at the Stevens Institute of Technology and a faculty member of the Armament Graduate School at Picatinny Arsenal.