Dr. Garry Glaspell of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Geospatial Research Laboratory has been named the 2015 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Researcher of the Year. He was presented with the award at the National Awards Ceremony Aug. 6 in the Government Accountability Office Auditorium in Washington, District of Columbia. Glaspell earned a bachelor’s in chemistry and mathematics from Fairmont State College (University).
Glaspell was also named the 2014 ERDC Researcher of the Year Award. The award recognizes an outstanding ERDC research engineer or scientist, whose achievement has led to an advancement in the state of the art in a particular field, has established a scientific basis for subsequent technical improvements in military or civil operational capabilities, and/or materially improved the Corps’ technical capability.
He developed a prototype for a non-pyrotechnic daylight visible tracer that possesses the advantages of a non-pyrotechnic approach but is bright enough for the Warfighter to see in daylight.
“One of the downfalls, of the current pyrotechnic tracer, is the mechanism that allows the Warfighter to see the trace also reveals his location to the enemy. By using a non-pyrotechnic tracer, the field of view behind the tracer is substantially reduced improving the Warfighter’s survivability,” Glaspell said.
For his development, he also received the 2014 ERDC Research and Development Achievement Award. This award recognizes excellence in research and development achievement, or research and development leadership, which has led to a significant advancement in the state of the art in a particular field, established a scientific basis for subsequent technical improvements in military or civil operational capabilities, materially improved the Corps’ technical capability, or contributed materially to the national welfare. In 2009 and 2011, he received ERDC’s Research and Development Achievement Award.
Glaspell earned a doctorate in chemistry from West Virginia University. He has held the position of research assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University since 2008.
He is a member of Phi Lambda Upsilon National Honorary Chemical Society and the American Chemical Society.
The ERDC is the premier research and development facility for USACE, with more than 2,500 employees, $1.2 billion in facilities and an annual research program exceeding $1.1 billion. It conducts research in both military and civil works mission areas for the Department of Defense and the nation.