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Earlier this month, Dr. Darin Sharar of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM), Army Research Laboratory (ARL) was named Department of Defense (DoD) Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter for fiscal year (FY) 2022 quarter one. The Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter Award recognizes a subject matter expert that demonstrates exceptional work on behalf of the DoD across the science and technology spectrum. These individuals go above and beyond their expected roles and responsibilities to advance the mission of the DoD, and increase the impact of research and development programs.

Dr. Sharar’s accomplishments are in the areas of thermal materials, solid-solid phase change, thermal energy storage, and advanced heat transfer programs. Sharar has made several novel and impactful contributions to the science and technology community which made him worthy for this award. He has lead a variety of scientific projects that have rapidly advanced the DoD’s ability to design, tailor, fabricate, and apply new technologies.

When asked what winning the award meant to him, Dr. Sharar said, “Winning this award is extremely special for myself, my organization, and my friends/collaborators at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren, Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), Army Research Office (ARO), Office of Naval Research (ONR), industry, and academic institutions – without the team/community, none of this would be possible. We’re only as good as the company we keep. But more importantly, this award marks the development and transition of significant technological overmatch for our military and country with state of the art thermal management technologies. I’m very proud of this accomplishment”.

Dr. Sharar has over 12 years of combined work experience at ARL as both a contractor and government civilian. He was brought on to the civil service in 2018. Shar holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineer from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has authored/co-authored over 60 journal papers, refereed proceedings papers, and chapters in books with nearly 400 peer citations (including a Featured Article in Applied Physics Letters); has delivered 25 research and invited lectures at major technical conferences and institutions; and has authored 5 U.S. patents.