Maj. Gen. Paul S. Izzo, commanding general of the Research, Development and Engineering Command, presented the first Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center Science Fellowship to ARDEC chemical engineer Thelma Manning during an ARDEC town-hall meeting here Aug. 31.

The ARDEC Science Fellowship Program, or ASFP, was initiated by the Armament University to encourage and provide financial support to doctoral-level science and engineering work that advances current and future armament technologies.

The program promotes the development of outstanding science and engineering for armaments through full-time research and study. It provides a one-year sabbatical with full salary, benefits, books and fees for the recipient to focus on the research portion of their doctoral program.

Manning is a chemical engineer in the Energetics and Warheads Division who is completing research in her doctoral program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her research topic is Polymeric Nitrogen Stabilized on Carbon Nanotubes: A Highly Energetic, High Density Green Energetic Material.

High-energy density, environmentally friendly energetic materials with increased stability and improved low vulnerability, are needed to meet the requirements of the Department of Defense future weapon systems. Polymeric nitrogen is a potentially environmentally-friendly high performance energetic material that can provide high energy density on decomposition to nitrogen.

The ARDEC Factor IV panel serves as the selection committee for the Fellowship. Manning was chosen through a rigorous application process in which she was able to clearly show how her research will benefit ARDEC and the Army.

She started her Fellowship period this fall and upon completion will present a report of her progress to the Factor IV panel.