Arlene Maclin

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February 14, 2018

The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Arlene Maclin.


Dr. Arlene MaclinDr. Arlene P. Maclin was born on June 7, 1945, in Brunswick County, Virginia. She graduated from James Solomon High School in 1963 and then enrolled into North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University (NC A&T). She received her B.S. degree in engineering physics in 1967. She then received her M.S. degree in theoretical nuclear physics from the University of Virginia in 1971 and her Ph.D. in theoretical solid-state physics from Howard University in 1974.

As a professional, Dr. Maclin has served as a research physicist at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory and as a visiting scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In 1980, she was appointed to the program director position of the National Science Foundation. From 1981 to 1983, she was the Senior Applied Research Physicists at the Central Intelligence Agency. Between this time and until the early 2000’s, Dr. Maclin’s spent much of her time in academia teaching at the levels of associate to full professors, and with administrative experience at the level of associate dean and director of research. From 2002 to 2009, she served as professor of optical engineering and director of the Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence at Norfolk State University in Virginia. In 2011, she was appointed as the executive director of the MAC-CAE Program and adjunct professor of physics at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Currently, Dr. Maclin works with the U.S. Department of Education as a senior staff of the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP)/Institutional Research Program at Howard University (IREPHU).

Dr. Maclin is a member of American Physical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Materials Research Society and the National Society of Black Physicists. She served as the primary program staff for the Materials Science and Engineering Report and the International Survey of Atomic and Molecular Science, which were published by the National Research Council. For her many contributions and accomplishments, Maclin was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Black American, International Who’s Who of Women, and Who’s Who in America.