Director’s Special Colloquium: ‘Basic Research at the Department of Defense’
Bindu Nair, deputy director for Basic Research, Office of the Secretary of Defense, will present “Basic Research at the Department of Defense” at a Director’s Special Colloquium on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at 10 a.m. in the Building 402 Auditorium. All employees whose schedules permit are invited to attend.
Shuttle service will be provided starting at 9:15 a.m. with stops at Building 201, 212, 202, 203, 200, 205, 240 and 362 to Building 402 for the 10 a.m. talk. Return trips will follow the talk.
Event parking is prohibited along the sides of roads; if the main parking lot is full, please use the APS overflow lot located near Building 450.
The defense enterprise has a long history of supporting basic science, recognizing it as the font of new knowledge that enables transformative breakthroughs. This legacy includes both high-risk, curiosity-driven science with no specific applications in mind, as well as use-inspired research stemming from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) unique problem sets. The Basic Research Office is tasked with oversight of the department’s $2 billion basic research portfolio, spread across the Services and Components and spanning multiple science and engineering disciplines. The office also sets research policies, executes high impact programs with DOD Components and Services, and serves as a testbed for pilot programs that explore new ways to foster innovation and collaboration. Through these activities, the Basic Research Office aims to sustain an open and vibrant basic research ecosystem that supports both national security and society at large.
Bindu Nair is the deputy director for Basic Research within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). In this role, she is responsible for oversight and coordination of the Department’s $2.2 billion investment in basic science. She previously served as the deputy director of OSD’s Human Performance, Training and Biosystems Directorate. Prior to OSD, Nair worked for the Department of the Army with oversight responsibilities over the science and technology program in power and energy. She has worked in the DOD laboratory system at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center as well as in private industry at Foster Miller. Her research expertise is in the field of material science and engineering including nanomaterials, polymers and organic electronic materials. She has published primarily in membrane and materials development fields and holds patents in fuel cell technologies. Nair holds a B.Sc from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in materials science and engineering.