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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 22, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 4
Harry Charles Named Head of APL's Technical Services Department

Harry Charles

Harry Charles has been named to head the Technical Services Department at the Applied Physics Laboratory after serving for seven years as assistant department head for engineering.

His appointment was announced by Ruth Nimmo, APL assistant director for operations, who called Charles an "accomplished researcher and inventor [whose] combination of experience and skills will serve the department and the Laboratory very well in the future."

In his new position, Charles will oversee all aspects of the department's three areas of operations — engineering, design and fabrication — plus plant services and information services.

Charles said he will work to streamline present services and develop new ones, while continuing to keep costs in line. "We want to build a highly skilled, diverse work force with the flexibility needed to meet current and future Laboratory requirements," he said.

After earning a doctorate in elec-trical engineering from Johns Hopkins, Charles joined APL in 1972, working in Engineering Facilities and then Technical Services, moving to increasing levels of responsibility. He chairs both the Lab's Engineering Board and the Principal Professional Staff Selection Committee. He serves on the Lab's Science and Technology Council, Software Engineering Steering Committee and the Counterproliferation Business Area IRAD Committee.

Author of more than 200 technical papers, Charles is a fellow of the IEEE and of the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society, which has presented him with the Daniel C. Hughes and Special Life Member awards. He holds six patents and has made more than 30 invention disclosures.

Charles developed curriculum for eight graduate-level electrical engineering and applied physics courses in the Whiting School of Engineering and serves as the Applied Physics Program chair for the Whiting School's Part-Time Programs. Winner of an outstanding teaching award, he has taught more than 1,300 students over the past 24 years.


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