Vaia’s pioneering discoveries in polymer nanocomposites are used in stronger, lighter and more functional components across commercial and military sectors. His national leadership, vision, and advocacy for manufacturing of nanomaterials has ensured integration of nanotechnology innovations into structures, coatings, human systems, and sensors across Department of Defense systems.
“Dr Vaia’s exceptional scientific and technical leadership is well known around here,” said Timothy Sakulich, director, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. “He continues to inspire us all by earning this high stature of recognition.”
Vaia’s leadership at AFRL has helped to deliver solutions to protect airmen, expanded tactical and strategic reconnaissance for targeting and missile defense and enhanced special forces capabilities worldwide.
“This well-deserved honor not only reflects Dr. Vaia’s contributions in support of national defense but also for advancement of fundamental science and engineering,” said Dr. Kenneth Caster, program officer for Organic Materials Chemistry, AFOSR.
NAE has more than 2,500 peer-elected members and senior professionals in business, academia, and government who are among the world’s most accomplished engineers. They provide the leadership and expertise for numerous projects focused on the relationships between engineering, technology and the quality of life.
The induction ceremony for the Class of 2020 will take place in October during a ceremony at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
The Air Force Research Laboratory is the primary scientific research and development center for the Air Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space, and cyberspace force. With a workforce of more than 11,000 across nine technology areas and 40 other operations across the globe, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more information, visit www.afresearchlab.com.