Richard T. Carlin, Ph.D., SES
Head, Sea Warfare and Weapons Department, Office of Naval Research
Dr. Richard T. Carlin has served for over 11 years as Department Head for the Sea Warfare and Weapons Department at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). As Department Head, he oversees the strategic and tactical planning of programs that address Naval S&T requirements across a breadth of technical areas and align with the Department of the Navy leadership guidance and policies. As a Senior Executive, he provides technical and strategic advice to Navy senior leadership that has led recently to the implementation of several initiative that merge technology innovation, entrepreneurship and workforce development, especially for veterans. These initiatives span across and link together academia, Navy laboratories, commercial and defense industries, and the private investment sector.
Immediately prior to his current position, Dr. Carlin was the Director for the Undersea Weapons and Naval Materials Division with responsibilities in undersea weapons and countermeasures, advanced energetics, structural materials, materials for power systems, and maintenance reduction technologies. During his career at ONR, he also served as the Acting Chief Scientist in 2004 and as Director for the Mechanics and Energy Conversion Division from 2001 to 2005. Dr. Carlin joined ONR in 1997 as the Program Officer for Electrochemistry S&T and Undersea Weapons Propulsion with programs covering numerous electrochemical and thermal power technologies.
Before joining ONR, Dr. Carlin held several positions in academia, industry, and government. These included employment at Air Products and Chemicals as a Senior Research Chemist; a faculty appointment at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa; and federal service as the Electrochemistry Division Chief at the Frank J. Seiler Research Laboratory (FJSRL) located at the United States Air Force Academy.
Dr. Carlin received his B.S. in Honors Chemistry from the University of Alabama in 1977 and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Iowa State University in 1982, and he was a postdoctoral fellow performing electrochemistry research at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Dr. Carlin has published over 100 technical papers, and he is co-inventor on 7 United State patents.