Dr. Edward I. Salkovitz, 64, the director of research programs at the Office of Naval Research and a professor of physics at the University of Pittsburgh from 1965 to 1970, died of cardiac arrest June 24 at George Washington University Hospital. He lived in Bethesda.

Dr. Salkovitz, who was a native of Braddock, Pa., received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in physics at the Carnegie Institute of Technology.

He began his federal career in 1942 as a physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory. In 1960 he transferred to the Office of Naval Research. He also spent two years as director of Applied Research Projects for the Defense Department.

From 1965 to 1970, Dr. Salkovitz was the chairman of the metallurgical and materials engineering department at the University of Pittsburgh while holding a joint professorship in physics.

He received the Navy's Meritorious Civilian Service Award and was elected to fellowships in the American Society of Metals and the American Physical Society.

Survivors include his wife, Suzanne of Bethesda; a son, Daniel David of Washington; two daughters, Judith of Washington, and Lisa Kohn of Chicago; a brother, Harvey of Baltimore, and a sister, Tillie Stalinski of Deerfield Beach, Fla.