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Niceville researcher honored as exceptional scientist

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) live streamed an awards ceremony honoring exceptional scientists and engineers on Tuesday, November 10. Among those recognized for their contributions was Eglin Air Force Base’s very own Dr. C. Michael Lindsay. Dr. Lindsay serves as the technical advisor in the Energetic Materials Branch of the Ordnance Division at the AFRL Munitions Directorate.

The 2020 Fellows and Science and Engineering Early Career Awards Ceremony recognizes outstanding scientists and engineers in three categories: research achievements, technology development and transition achievements, or program and organizational leadership. AFRL Fellows join an elite group of researchers.  Only 0.3% of this year’s AFRL professional technical staff were selected, and there have only been 23 AFRL Fellows in the program’s 33-year existence.

“In response to the pivoting national security posture, Dr. Lindsay has fundamentally redefined the Air Force’s strategic direction in high explosives research and development to meet the warfighter’s needs in a potential peer adversary conflict,” said Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle, Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory. “As the Air Force representative in the Department of Defense’s (DOD) critical Energetic Materials Working Group, Dr. Lindsay drafted presidential determinations, influenced national policy, and developed plans to meet surging demand for energetic materials critical for our fight against ISIS. From foundational research, to transitioning key technologies into weapons systems, his technical contributions to the energetic materials enterprise leaves an enduring impact on our most critical military technologies.”

Dr. Lindsay lives in Niceville, Florida, with his wife, Tracy; his son, Ethan; and daughter, Mikayla.

Photo Credit: AFRL

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