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AFRL’s top scientist takes job at Ohio State

A former high-ranking scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson will become senior vice president for research at Ohio State University.

Morley O. Stone will earn a base salary of $420,000 to oversee an $864 million research program throughout the university when he takes the job in August, according to Ohio State.

Stone, who recently retired, helped open a downtown Dayton satellite office to collaborate with innovators and technology start-ups and pursued commercialization of technology out of AFRL’s labs.

He has more than 25 years experience in research and development and helped oversee a $2.3 billion internal Air Force budget and $2.5 billion budget funded by government agencies and industry at AFRL.

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He was involved in a wide-range of research, spanning molecular systems biotechnology to human performance. He started as a material research engineer at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at Wright-Patterson in 1992 and rose to chief technology officer of AFRL.

“Throughout his career, Dr. Stone has built strong, strategic collaboration with academia, industry and government organizations, including Ohio State,” university President Michael Drake sad in a statement.

A former chief scientist at the 711th Human Performance Wing and a manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Stone led AFRL partnerships with DARPA, the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Defense Health Agency.

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Stone has more than a dozen patents and invention disclosures and has more than 90 published papers and book chapters, OSU said.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Wright State University in 1991 and a doctorate in biochemistry from Carnegie Melon University.

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