Dr. Wetzel is the Team Leader for Multifunctional Materials, and Research Area Leader for Soldier Materials, at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Aberdeen, MD. His research interests span a range of topics, including ballistic textiles, multifunctional composite materials, additive manufacturing, and two-dimensional materials. Dr. Wetzel has co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters, 70 conference proceedings articles, and holds 15 patents. In 2002, Dr. Wetzel’s research on shear thickening fluid (STF)-treated protective fabrics was awarded the Paul A. Siple award, the U.S. Army’s highest recognition for excellence in scientific research. In 2014, Dr. Wetzel was awarded an NFL Head Health Challenge grant for the investigation of concussion-mitigation technologies, followed by selection in 2015 for a Head Health Challenge Final Award to prepare the technology for commercialization. Dr. Wetzel has also been selected for a 2018 Federal Laboratory Consortium Excellence In Technology Transfer Award.