Assoc. Dir., Materials & Structures, Defense Research & Engineering
U.S. Department of DefenseLew Sloter is the Department of Defense associate director for Materials and Structures within the Pentagon Office of the Director, Defense Research and Engineering. As senior materials technologist he is responsible for the technical oversight of DoD science and technology activities in materials, processes, and structures associated with current and future Defense systems and for technical assessments associated with materials, processes, materials manufacturing, and engineering applications. Prior to DoD, Dr. Sloter was a program officer in the Office of Naval Research, materials technology manager and propulsion technology manager at the Naval Air Systems Command, and lead materials engineer and senior specialist for Vought Corporation. His primary academic research interests were in the areas of welding metallurgy, corrosion fatigue, biomaterials, and forensic engineering. He holds a B.S. in Metallurgy and Materials Science and History and a Ph.D. in Metallurgy and Materials Science and Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.S. in Materials Engineering from Drexel University. His primary academic research interests were in the areas of welding metallurgy, corrosion fatigue, biomaterials, and forensic engineering. He has published and lectured in the areas of biomedical materials, welding metallurgy, armor, military aircraft, forensic engineering, and materials policy and is a registered professional engineer. Dr. Sloter is a recipient of the DoD Exceptional Civilian Service Award and a member of several professional societies and honor societies, including Alpha Sigma Mu, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi.