DoD Innovator Awardees


Meet Awardees From Across the Defense Enterprise in the DoD Innovator Spotlight Series

The Office of the Deputy Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology awards exceptional personnel in the fields of Research and Development, STEM, and Technology Transfer with the following awards:

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter Award recognizes extraordinary service by DoD scientists and engineers that demonstrate exceptional work on behalf of the Department.

STEM Advocate of the Quarter Award recognizes outstanding STEM education and outreach efforts that further the mission of the Department of Defense.

Technology Transfer (T2) Advocate of the Quarter Award recognizes outstanding Technology Transfer efforts that further the mission of the Department of Defense.

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Recent Innovator Awardees

Dr. Benjamin Gould
Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter

Dr. Benjamin Gould

Alternative Energy Section Research Scientist/Engineer
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Dr. Gould is a recognized expert in fuel cell power systems, specializing in the development of next generation power sources for Naval unmanned systems. His research interests include additive manufacture of fuel cells, fuel cell recovery processes, bipolar plate design, open cathode fuel cells, and hydrogen safety. He has authored numerous per reviewed articles and a book chapter on these subjects. He is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Delores M. Etter Top Scientists & Engineers of the Year Award for his work on fuel cell technology and unmanned aerial systems.

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Dr. Gregory Anderson
STEM Advocate of the Quarter

Dr. Gregory Anderson

Philadelphia SeaGlide Team - Mechanical Engineer
Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD)

Dr. Anderson is currently assigned to the Strategic Cyber-Physical Initiatives Lab at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD). He has been with NSWCPD since 2000; he received B.S. degrees in both Mechanical and Fire Protection Engineering in 1995, a M.S. in Fire Protection Engineering in 1996, and a Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2008, all from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Kyle Verrinder
STEM Advocate of the Quarter

Kyle Verrinder

Philadelphia SeaGlide Team - Mechanical Engineer
Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD)

Mr. Kyle Verrinder is a Mechanical Engineer working on turbomachinery dynamics and fluid mechanics research and development in the Advanced Machinery Integration Branch at Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD). He currently manages and operates the Advanced Fan Test Facility (AFTF) supporting research, design, testing, and engineering (RDT&E) of current and future turbomachinery concepts and auxiliary subsystems such as advanced fan systems, flow control for turbomachinery systems, air flow measurement and visualization, and psychrometric monitoring.

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Adam Wechsler
STEM Advocate of the Quarter

Adam Wechsler

Philadelphia SeaGlide Team - Data Scientist
Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD)

Adam Wechsler is a data scientist for the Machinery Research & Silencing Division at Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD). His focus is on predictive analytics for condition-based maintenance, but often performs data analyses for teams throughout the organization. He has served in this position since 2017. Prior to this Mr. Wechsler had earned a bachelor’s degree in Statistics from University of Florida and a master’s degree in Math Education from Florida International University and had worked as a high school math teacher for 16 years. He began his work for NSWCPD after earning a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida International University.

Learn more about Adam Wechsler

Meet DoD Innovator Awardees

Annie Bullock-Yoder

Technology Transfer Advocate of the Quarter
Annie Bullock-Yoder

Steven Corbin

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Steven Corbin

Jenna Dix

Technology Transfer Advocate of the Quarter
Jenna Dix

Dr. Abigail Juhl

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
Dr. Abigail Juhl

Dr. Oscar A. Perez

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Dr. Oscar A. Perez

Dr. Edward Diehl

Technology Transfer Advocate of the Quarter
Dr. Edward Diehl

Tiffany Owens

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Tiffany Owens

Dr. Igor Linkov

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
Dr. Igor Linkov

Dr. Khanh D. Pham

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
Dr. Khanh D. Pham

Dr. Jonathan Vernon

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
Dr. Jonathan Vernon

Ms. Sarah Buttrick

Technology Transfer Advocate of the Quarter
Ms. Sarah Buttrick

Dr. Cynthia Gagliano Doil

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Dr. Cynthia Gagliano Doil