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Immediate Release

DOD Announces Third Quarter Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter and STEM Advocate of the Quarter Awards

The Department of Defense named Dr. David Baker of the Army Research Laboratory as the Department's Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter and Lt. Col. Andrew Lee of the U.S. Military Academy as the Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics Advocate of the Quarter.

Baker and Lee were chosen by Barbara McQuiston, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Science and Technology DCTO(S&T). Details on the award winners for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2022:

–    DoD Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter: Dr. David Baker, U.S. Army, Army Research Laboratory 

Dr. Baker is recognized for his pioneering research that has enhanced renewable energy technologies constrained by size and weight and is critical to the U.S. Army and the Department.  He led efforts that created a remarkable paradigm shift in fuel cell conversion efficiency by illuminating metal nanoparticles to catalytically oxidize alcohols, which enabled the full conversion of alcohols for fuel cells thus extending operating lifetimes of future powered devices.  In addition, he developed new water-splitting catalysts made of Earth-abundant materials demonstrating higher activities than expensive and rare state-of-the-art metals.  Dr. Baker's leadership and expertise in research and development, coupled with inspiring the next generation of scientists, have greatly advanced the Department's mission.  

–    DoD Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Advocate of the Quarter: LTC Andrew Lee, U.S. Army, United States Military Academy

Lee is recognized for his exemplary support to the DoD's mission to inspire young Americans in STEM through his determined advocacy for STEM education and community outreach programs connected to DoD critical technology priorities.  By planning and executing STEM education and programming activities, including West Point's summer STEM camps, he has helped the Department to provide unique, hands-on STEM learning opportunities for students throughout the Hudson Valley and surrounding communities.  Lee's mentorship and advocacy has been integral to encouraging the next generation of scientists and engineers. 

"OUSD(R&E), once again, received very high caliber nominees during this nomination cycle, and I am especially impressed with this quarter's exceptional awardees Dr. Baker and LTC Lee," said Ms. Barbara McQuiston, DCTO(S&T). "We are pleased to recognize these excellent individuals for their outstanding contributions to the Department and the Nation, which amplify the Department's science and technology innovation enterprise and help build the next generation of scientists, engineers and other STEM leaders."    

Each of the winners will have an opportunity to present their work at an upcoming DoD Innovators Spotlight Series virtual webinar. These open-to-the-public webinars provide a web-based platform for attendees to meet these recognized awardees while learning about their cutting-edge work and best practices. To learn more about the DoD Innovators Spotlight Series and to register, visit:  

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