Dr. Kemper Talley named the 2022 Joseph D. Wienand STEM Excellence Award winner.

Teledyne FLIR Defense has announced that Dr. Kemper Talley was named the 2022 Joseph D. Wienand Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Excellence Award winner. The award was presented by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) at its 2022 Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Conference and Exhibition in Baltimore.

Teledyne FLIR Vice President and General Manager of Detection Dr. David Cullin, and Director of Science & Technology Dr. Jeremy Walker, served as conference panelists, while Director of Business Development Jay Reckard moderated two panels at the event.

Dr. Talley is currently pioneering the development of real-time, 3D CBRN threat mapping and augmented reality (AR) visualization of threats through programs in which Teledyne FLIR serves as prime contractor for the U.S Department of Defense.

In its award citation NDIA officials wrote: “Dr. Talley is at the forefront of creating digital CBRN battlefield capabilities that will improve warfighter situational awareness and safety by enabling them to more efficiently conduct CBRN recon and decon missions. [His] innovation, creativity and passion in the areas of STEM have directly impacted the improvement of CBRN defense.”

“Kemper is a highly skilled scientist whose contributions are pushing the envelope not only for threat detection technology, but also in how threat data is seen, shared and managed on today’s battlefield,” said Teledyne FLIR’s Cullin. “He and the rest of our team – in labs across the United States – are working closely with Pentagon program offices to optimize our ability to defend against weapons of mass destruction.

“Our goal is to allow warfighters to see previously unseen threats and avoid them,” Cullin added.

Dr. Talley is a principal investigator and theoretical physicist at Teledyne FLIR’s facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Physics  from Clemson University before obtaining his Ph.D. in Energy Science and Engineering with a concentration in Nuclear Science at the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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