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Ronald E. Brown
Research Professor
Mail Code: PH/Br
Department of Physics
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2635
Email: rebrown (at)
PhD - University of Southern California, 1972
Physical Organic Chemistry, Physics
MS - New York University, 1959
Organic Chemistry
BA - New York University, 1956
Chemistry, Mathematics
  • 2002 - Present Research Professor
  • 2008-present-Visiting Professor, Helmut Schmidt Universität
  • 1995 - 2002 - BAE Systems, Director
  • 1983 - 1995 - Titan Corporation, Vice President
  • 1977 - 1983 - Physics International Company, R&D Department Manager
  • 1972 - 1977 - Research Associate, University of Southern California
  • 1964 - 1977 - Whittaker Corporation, Senior Scientist
  • 1960 - 1964 - Aerojet General Company, Asst Department Manager
  • 1957 - 1960 - Army Research Development & Engineering Command, Research Scientist
  • Physics and Chemistry of Explosives
  • Explosive Applications
  • Terminal Ballistics
  • Photochemistry
  • Finite Difference Techniques
  • 1982 R&D Management Award (Technology Transition and Flight Test of the Improved Dragon), Physics International Company
  • 1992 Research Performance Award, Titan Corporation
  • 1998, 2000 & 2001 Technical Recognition, US Army ARDEC WETC
  • 2002 Special Act Award, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Invention of Self-Calibrating Heat Flow Transducer. US 3,599,474 (1971)
  • Shaped-Charge Device with Progressive Inward Collapsing Jet. US 5,614,692 (1997)
  • Devices and Methods for Clearance of Mines or Ordnance, US 5,936,184 (1990)
  • Executive Board, International Ballistics Society
  • Steering Committee, NDIA Ballistics Section
  • Steering Committee, NDIA Bombs & Warheads Section
  • Sigma Xi Research Society
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Physical Society
  • Paper Reviewer, Journal of Impact Engineering and Journal of Applied Mechanics
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • M. Graswald, R.E. Brown, J.O., Sinibaldi, T. Nolte and H. Rothe, "Vulnerability of Mortar Projectiles by Intercepting Fragmentation Warheads", J. Appl Mechanics, Vol. 77, Special Edition 051804-1 (Sep 2010)
  • R. Bill, J. Felts, B. Fant, H. Krier, N. Glumac, J.O. Sinibaldi and R.E. Brown, "An Experimental Study of the Reaction of Aluminum and Water Underwater Shaped Charges," JANNAF J. Propulsion and Energetics, Vol 3(1), 21 (May 2010)
  • D. Fanaras, D. Amondson, R. Williams, J.Stork, J. Gamble, J. O. Sinibaldi and R.E. Brown, "Effect of Detonation Inversion on Directed Energy Output," Proceedings of the 24st Int'l Symposium on Ballistics, April 2008.
  • Brown, R.E., "Supra-Pressure Detonation of Aluminized Explosive," Presentation at 15th APS Topical Conference on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, 2007. (presentation)
  • B. Janzon, J. Backofen, R.E. Brown, R. Cayzac, A. Diederen, M. Giraud, M. Held, A. Horst, and K, Thoma, "The Future of Warheads, Armour and Ballistics: Keynote Address," Proceedings of the 23rd Int'l Symposium on Ballistics, 1, 3 (2007).
  • E. Dusetzina, G. Dusetzina, J. Rigby, G. Serrano, D. Watkins B., Karosich, J.O. Sinibaldi and R.E. Brown, "Low-Cost Explosive Ordnance Destruct Tool," Proceedings of the 23rd Int'l Symposium on Ballistics, 2, 1013 (2007).
  • N. Glumac, H. Krier, M.. Salk, J. Moore, L. Glosby, W. Craig, J.O. Sinibaldi, and R.E. Brown, "Effect of Hydroreaction on Hypervelocity Impact," Proceedings of the 23rd Int'l Symposium on Ballistics, 2, 1519 (2007).
  • R.E. Brown, Mark E. Majerus, J. Scott Lewis, "Building Characteristics Into A Shaped Charge To Achieve Unique Performance Requirements," Int'l Journal of Impact Engineering, 17, 121 (1994).
  • R. E. Brown, Mark E. Majerus and J. Scott Lewis, "High Velocity Penetration Of Tungsten Into Alumina," Proceedings, 1994 International Conference on Tungsten & Refractory Metals, McLean, 345 (1994).
  • Keywords: Explosive modeling, detonation theory, underwater blast, explosive-metal coupling, explosive warhead performance predictions and enhancements

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