Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton (NAMRU-D)
Service or Branch: Navy
Location: Dayton, OH
STEM Fields: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Biosciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Information Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Oceanography, Operations Research, PhysicsNAMRU-D is co-located on the same campus as the Air Force’s 711th Human Performance Wing and the Air Force Institute of Technology. Together, the Navy-Air Force team has intellectual resources and research capabilities which are unique in the United States and provide engineers and scientists the ability to explore a wide variety of topics in a manner available nowhere else in the world. NAMRU-D’s Aeromedical Directorate conducts basic and applied research to enhance the health, safety, and performance of military personnel in aviation, space and other austere environments. Aeromedical scientists and engineers use a suite of research devices, many of them one-of-a-kind, to study the full range of factors affecting human performance including hypoxia, hypobaria, spatial disorientation, visual illusions, night vision, fatigue, cognitive workload and human-machine integration. Our goal is to understand these factors and develop technologies, training and/or pharmaceuticals to mitigate any adverse impacts, maximize human performance and ultimately prevent aviation mishaps. We also have expertise in developing screening tools for personnel being considered for military aviation assignments, including unmanned aerial vehicle operators. The Environmental Health Effects Directorate (also referred to as the Toxicology Directorate) studies the toxicity of chemicals and materials used in military operations. NAMRU-D has the capability to study toxic effects of materials using both in vitro and in vivo systems and then conduct risk assessments using in silico modeling approaches. We have particular expertise in evaluating inhaled toxins and can precisely test all forms of gases, vapors, aerosols, particulates and nanoparticles. The results of our studies are used to develop state-of-the-science health protective exposure standards for our military and civilian populations. NAMRU-D is a nationally recognized employer of choice which emphasizes professional and personal development, teamwork and work-family balance. The result of our policies is a collection of exceptionally motivated and capable scientists, engineers, technicians and support staff all devoted to one thing: outstanding research. In recognition of our flexible, employee-centric policies, NAMRU-D is a recipient of the prestigious When Work Works Award (formerly known as The Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility) for 2014 and 2015-2016.