ADELPHI, Md. - Two members of the Army Research Laboratory staff have been selected to receive prestigious Presidential Rank Awards for 2007.

ARL Director John Miller was recognized in the Meritorious Executive category and Dr. James McCauley, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, was honored in the Meritorious Senior Professional category.

Each year, the President recognizes a small group of career Senior Executive Service members and Senior Career or Scientific-Professional employees with the President's Rank Award for exceptional long-term accomplishments. The award honors high-performing senior career employees for "sustained extraordinary accomplishment."

Award winners are nominated by their agency heads, evaluated by boards of private citizens, and approved by the President. The evaluation criteria focus on leadership and results.

Miller has been the director of ARL since 2003 during which the laboratory has made a number of advancements for both the future and current force in a broad range of technologies, was twice named Laboratory of the Year and has been recognized with numerous other awards.

Miller received his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering in 1969, and master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1974, both from the University of Maryland.

McCauley is an internationally recognized expert in ceramic materials. His invention of Aluminum Oxynitride Spinel, a transparent armor and electromagnetic window material, and the development of other armor ceramics, has had a significant impact on lightweight protection for Army systems.

He is ARL's senior research engineer in ceramics, and cooperative agreement manager of the metals and ceramics Materials Centers of Excellence at Johns Hopkins, Rutgers and Pennsylvania State universities. He is also the technical area chief for the Army's Small Business Innovative Research program in Advanced Materials and Manufacturing.

McCauley earned his bachelor's degree (cum laude) in geology from St. Joseph's College, Ind., in 1961. He received his master's degree in mineralogy in 1965 and a doctorate in solid state science in 1968, both from Penn State University.