David D. Skatrud

David D. Skatrud

Dr. David Skatrud is the Associate Director of the Physics Division of the U.S. Army Research Office. He also serves as the program manager for the Army's extramural research programs in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics; Obscured Visibility, and Image Analysis. In addition, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Duke University Department of Physics. A native of Conrad, Montana, Dr. Skatrud received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, in 1979 with major in mathematics and physics, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Duke University in 1984. Dr. Skatrud held a Post Doctoral appointment as a research associate and instructor with the Physics Department at Duke University from 1984-1985. Following that he joined the Physics Division of the U.S. Army Research Offices program manager for the Army's extramural research program in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. Since 1991, he has also served as the Physics Division's Associate Director. He has been on the adjunct faculty of Duke University since 1986, with the rank of Associate Professor since 1990. Areas of interest in his research program at Duke include novel far-infrared molecular lasers, submillimeter-wave spectroscopy, rotational/vibrational collisional kinetics, and neat millimeter-wave sources and detectors.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Director, Physics Division, Department of the Army, Research Triangle Park