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Transformative Materials

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Dr. Ken Plaks joined DARPA in January 2015 as a program manager. His research interests include stealth aircraft, electronic warfare, weapons research and cybersecurity.
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Leo Christodoulou is the Chief Technologist, a direct report to the CTO of The Boeing Company.
Michael McGrath is a DARPA alumnus with broad government and industry experience, including: VP for Systems and Operations Analysis at Analytic Services Inc. (ANSER); chairman of the board of Advanced Technology International; Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for RDT&E; VP for Government Business at the Sarnoff Corporation (former RCA corporate lab); Assistant Deputy Undersecretary for Dual Use and Commercial Programs in OSD; Program Manager at DARPA, where he managed a portfolio of manufacturing technology programs; and OSD Director of the DoD Computer-aided Acquisition and Logistics Support program.
Jim Williams is Professor of Materials, Science, and Engineering and Honda Chair Emeritus at The Ohio State University.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Hubble Telescope takes the clearest images of the universe and transmits these to Earth via its antennas. From 1978 to 1980, DARPA funded the design, fabrication, delivery and installation of two antenna booms for the Hubble Space Telescope to demonstrate the advantages of metal-matrix composites. Made of a graphite-fiber/aluminum matrix, these booms permit radio frequency conduction while simultaneously serving as structural supports. Deploying this dual-use composite material resulted in a 60% weight savings over an alternative boom- design candidate. Through this new material technology, DARPA met NASA’s design requirements for weight, stiffness, and dimensional stability. DARPA also contributed to the Hubble’s optical successes. The telescope incorporates algorithms and concepts pioneered by DARPA’s Directed Energy Program in the late 1970s and early 1980s, by which mirrors can be deliberately deformed to correct for wavefront imperfections.