Meet Awardees From Across the Defense Enterprise in the DoD Innovator Spotlight Series
The DoD Innovators Spotlight Series is an opportunity for the public to meet and learn from exceptional DoD scientists & engineers. The Office of the Deputy Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology awards exceptional personnel throughout the Defense Enterprise in the fields of Research and Development, STEM and Technology Transfer with the following awards:
Recent Innovator Awardees
Dr. Darin Sharar
U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM), Army Research Laboratory (ARL)
Dr. Darin James Sharar is a Mechanical Engineer and Team Lead of the Thermal Sciences and Engineering team in the Power Integration and Architecture Branch at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Adelphi, MD. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland between 2010 and 2016 and was hired as a Department of Defense (DoD) civilian in 2018. During his graduate studies, he led efforts to reveal the phenomenological insights of two-phase cooling in micro- and meso-scale channels and launched efforts with industrial and academic partners through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Thermal Ground Plane (TGP) program exploring planar vapor chamber performance under high inertial loads. Upon completion of his graduate research efforts, he created a solid-solid transient cooling thrust at ARL, developing and directing the Army’s foundational 6.1 and 6.2 research portfolio on thermal management and thermal storage for Army Directed Energy applications while managing Congressional collaborative agreements and multiple customer-funded programs including an Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E) Applied Research for the Advancement of Priorities (ARAP) Seedling. Dr. Sharar has authored/co-authored over 60 journal papers, refereed proceedings papers, and chapters in books with nearly 470 peer citations (including a Featured Article in Applied Physics Letters); has delivered over 25 research and invited lectures at major technical conferences and institutions; and has authored 5 U.S. patents.