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Scientist receives Air Force award.

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- An award winning scientist and a principal electronics research engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory has been named a 2008 Fellow of AFRL for outstanding contributions to the Air Force and the Department of Defense.

Dr. James Grote has worked at AFRL for 30 years and is an acknowledged leader in several areas of research and development, including laser gyros, nonlinear electro-optic sensor materials and devices, optical interconnects and optical lithography, and DNA-based materials and devices. He has worked on subsurface fractures on mirror substrates, improving position and weapons accuracy, and reducing inertial navigation system drift for ring laser gyros.

Grote developed optical interconnects for communications networks, which are now part of parallel high-speed transceivers for military information systems. He invented the technology for conductive polymer claddings for nonlinear optic polymer electro-optic modulators, resulting in a tenfold improvement and a record 30 percent enhancement in the electro-optic coefficient. Grote initiated AFRL's DNA-photonics research, which has demonstrated unique, state-of-the-art improvements in materials properties and device performance using this new bio-organic-based technology.

Grote's contributions to the Air Force and the Department of Defense are complemented by his stature in the peer research community, evidenced by more than 100 publications, seven patents, and 15 edited books.

He has earned several prestigious awards including the Fritz J. Russ Bio-Engineering Award; the AFRL International Award; the Charles J. Cleary Award for Scientific Achievement; an Air Force Basic Research Award Honorable Mention; Senior Member status in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; the Outstanding Professional Achievement in Science Award from the Affiliate Societies Council of Dayton, Ohio; and a Fellow appointment from the International Society for Optical Engineering.

Grote has directed a number of key technologies from seedling research into internationally recognized programs, and his efforts have spurred the production of numerous seminal joint publications and technology transitions. He is credited with more than 100 invited plenary and keynote lectures at symposia, conferences, universities, and industry and government laboratories. He has lectured worldwide and his work has been published in top-tier journals, resulting in numerous successful international scientific collaborations and breakthroughs. His work has been cited more than 200 times in top journals, and his research has been highlighted by coverage in many leading publications.

His current research focus involves DNA-based bio-organic materials and devices. He formulated and currently leads an international effort investigating bio materials for optical waveguides, electro-optic modulators, organic light emitting diodes, field effect transistors, lasers, and sensors.

Meltzer is with the Air Force Research Laboratory's materials and manufacturing directorate at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
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Author:Meltzer, Pete, Jr
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Date:Jan 1, 2009
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