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LUCI: Laboratory University Collaboration Initiative
Defense-University Partnerships Driving Innovation

LUCI is a pilot program that supports collaboration between DoD lab scientists and DoD-funded academics. An important objective of this pilot phase of LUCI is to engage leading university scientists and their students, introduce them to the DoD research environment, and facilitate collaborative work that addresses long-term DoD basic research needs. 


Historically, basic research in universities is often the source and engine for technological advancements and innovations.  The LUCI program strives to capitalize on the unfettered curiosity driven research and innovative spirit of universities by focusing their energy and ideas on defense research.  This is realized by a partnership with a scientist at a DoD research laboratory, whose primary job is to bring better capabilities to the Future Warfighter. The scientific topic areas that LUCI supports are in applied mathematics, cognitive neuroscience, engineering biology, novel engineered materials, quantum information science, manufacturing science, and other areas of interest.


The LUCI program adds value to the defense enterprise by funding high risk basic research projects and providing adequate time to DoD researchers to cultivate their ideas for long term research. This investment results in new knowledge and insight that can be used to fill capability gaps, generate patents, bring in human capital to the defense research enterprise, and build stronger relationships with academic researchers.


 

Meet the LUCI Fellows

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Bryn Adams

Army Research Laboratory
Synthetic Biology 


Blair Connelly

Army Research Laboratory
Photonics


Charles R. “Chip” Eddy, Jr.

Naval Research Laboratory
Novel Semiconductor Growth


Patrick Folkes

Army Research Laboratory
Topological Insulators

Anindya Ghoshal

Army Research Laboratory
High-Temperature Propulsion Materials

Sarah Glaven

Naval Research Laboratory
Synthetic Biology

C. Stephen Hellberg

Naval Research Laboratory
Electronic Materials

Berend “Berry” Jonker

Naval Research Laboratory
Spintronics

William Mattson

Army Research Laboratory
Quantum Simulation

Igor Medintz

Naval Research Laboratory
DNA Based Nanomaterials

Joseph S. Melinger

Naval Research Laboratory
Light Harvesting and Transfer

Mike Osofsky

Naval Research Laboratory
Electronic Materials

Ronald Polcawich

Army Research Laboratory
Piezoelectric Structures

Marc Raphael

Naval Research Laboratory
Biophysics

Manuel Vindiola

Army Research Laboratory
Neuromorphic Processing

Amir I. Zaghloul

Army Research Laboratory
Meta-Materials


Noam Bernstein

Naval Research Office
Electronic Materials


Jared Culbertson

Air Force Research Laboratory
Applied Math/ Robotics


Derek Doyle

Air Force Research Laboratory
Additive Manufacturing


Cameron Good

Army Research Laboratory
Biocompatible Electronics 

Danhong Huang

Air Force Research Laboratory
Applied Math/ Quantum Materials

Lance Kaplan

Army Research Laboratory
Network Science

Brittany Lynn

Space and Naval Warfare
Optics

Igor Mazin
Naval Research Office
Electronic Materials

Richard A. McKinley

Air Force Research Laboratory
Cognitive Neuroscience

Frank Narducci

Naval Postgraduate School
Quantum Information Science/ Sensing

Colin Olson

Naval Research Laboratory
Applied Math/ Compressive Sensing

 

Nathaniel Bridges


Air Force Research Laboratory
Cognitive Neuroscience



Katherine Brodie


ERDC
Oceanography/Remote Sensing



Matthew Dickerson


Air Force Research Laboratory
Additive Manufacturing &
Self-Assembly


Alexander Efros 


Naval Research Laboratory
Nanophotonics/2D Materials


John Lyons

Naval Research Laboratory
Nanophotonics/2D Materials

 Elizabeth Goldschmidt

Army Research Laboratory
Quantum Sensing

Michael Goodson

Air Force Research Laboratory
Synthetic Biology 

Mark Griep

Army Research Laboratory
 
Nanoplasmonics

Michelle Johannes

Naval Research Laboratory
Topological Materials

Keith Knipling

Naval Research Laboratory
High-temperature Structural
Materials
Matthew Marge

Army Research Laboratory
Human-Machine Interaction

Gordon Briggs

Naval Research Laboratory
Human-Machine Interaction


 Additive manufacturing and self-assembly
 Additive manufacturing and self-assembly