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<b>Life After Grad School Seminar</b><br><i>The Challenge and Opportunity of DARPA Programs from a Program Manager's Perspective</i>

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
5:00 AM
335 West Hall

Speaker: Dr. Devanand Shenoy (DARPA-Microsystems Technology Office)

Dr. Devanand Shenoy joined DARPA in August of 2005 from the Naval Research Lab (NRL) in Washington, DC.  Dr. Shenoy's interests are in exploiting novel concepts based on new materials and/or device architectures for revolutionary electronic and photonic microsystems. At DARPA, he developed and is managing programs in the following areas: Standoff detection of explosives (RIEDAR); Devices based on non-linear optical (NLO) materials for RF photonics and sensor protection (MORPH);  Curved focal plane array for wide field of view sensing in the VIS-NIR-SWIR bands (HARDI), Spin based memory (STT-RAM), and an E-Field Detector (E-FED).  He is currently working on a new program to develop Non-Volatile Logic devices.

Dr. Shenoy received his B.Sc. in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at Bangalore University, Bangalore, India; his M.Sc. in Physics from the same University specializing in Solid State Physics; and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore, India.

He developed postdoctoral experience in laser light scattering from polymer systems at the Department of Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University and later served as Research Faculty in Physics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As a Research Physicist at NRL,  he led and contributed to several DoD projects including nanopore-based DNA sequencing, dispersion and alignment of single walled carbon nanotubes for electronics and sensing, uncoooled IR sensor based on pyroelectric liquid crystals, underwater acoustic detection utilizing high birefringence complex fluids, artificial muscles with nematic polymers, and non-contact photo-alignment of liquid crystal alignment layers. Dr. Shenoy's recent NRL awards include four invention awards, an NRL contribution award, the technology transfer award and a special act award for exceptional performance significantly exceeding normal job requirements.

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