Cary F. Chabalowski

Cary Chabalowski


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Professor & Chair, Chemistry


After finishing my Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Kansas in 1980, I spent two years as a post-doc in Germany at the University of Bonn. After my wife (Molly) and I returned to the US, I spent a year on the research faculty at Johns-Hopkins University. , he worked as a research pharmaceutical chemist at Abbott Laboratories, where he helped establish the Computer Aided Drug Design team, focused, in part, on neurotransmission research. In 1986 he joined the US Army Ballistic Research Laboratory as a research chemist. Shortly after the formation of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), he assumed duties of Team Leader of the Theoretical Chemistry Team. Over his career, Cary’s research interests have included the development of methods for modeling chemical properties and reactions, modeling drug activity, the study of molecular spectroscopy, detection of chemical warfare agents, modeling gas-phase combustion reactions associated with energetic materials, and studying reactions of small, organic compounds on metal surfaces. He has authored or co-authored over 40 open literature publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. In 2003, Cary was selected to be the Executive Staff Chair for the Defense Science and Technology Advisory group, and managed the Defense Science & Technology Reliance program. His duties as Staff Chair included coordinating, promoting and documenting Joint S&T investments across the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) as captured in the Defense Technology Objectives. From 2005 to 2007 he served as the Acting Deputy Director for Research in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology, where he assisted the Army’s Director for Research and Laboratory Management on policy decisions impacting Army basic and applied research. From 2007 to 2009 Chabalowski served as Associate Director for Plans and Programs at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), where he assisted the Director of ARL in planning and executing the laboratory’s strategic research programs. These efforts led to the establishment of eight new Strategic Research Areas. In 2009 he became Director for Science & Technology Integration in the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army/Research and Technology (ODASA/R&T), where he directed strategic planning for science and technology investments within the Army and ensured effective integration of the Army’s research and development efforts across the DOD and other federal research agencies. Following this, Cary became acting Director for Research and Laboratory Management within the ODASA/R&T, with leadership responsibilities for basic research activities and laboratory policies across the Army. In this role he developed and managed the Army’s annual research budget totaling over $600M. In January, 2011, he returned to the ARL and assumed the duties of Chief Strategy Officer and Associate Director for Plans & Programs until his retirement from federal service in September, 2012. Since July, 2013, Cary has been the Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Michigan Technological University where, in addition to his administrative duties, he is re-engaging in materials research through the use of computational models.