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    Werner Dahm bio

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    Werner J.A. Dahm
    Director, Security & Defense Systems Initiative
    Arizona State University

    Professor Werner J.A. Dahm is Director, Security & Defense Systems Initiative (SDSI) at Arizona State University (ASU), where he is also ASU Foundation Professor of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining ASU he was the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force (AF/ST), a member of Headquarters Air Force in the Pentagon and the direct science and technology advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force Chief of Staff. As the Air Force’s Chief Scientist he led development of “Technology Horizons”, the seventh Headquarters-level vision since 1945 identifying key science and technology investment areas for the U.S. Air Force over the next two decades.

    He has been a Member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, has served on numerous task forces of the Defense Science Board, and is a past member of the Defense Science Study Group at the Institute for Defense Analyses. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a recipient of the Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, the William F. Ballhaus Aeronautics Prize from Caltech, and the 1938E Distinguished Achievement Award and the George J. Huebner Research Excellence Award from The University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. degree in Aeronautics from Caltech in 1985, and previously was as a Research Engineer in the Propulsion Wind Tunnel Facility at the USAF Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) in Tullahoma, TN. 

    Dr. Dahm is Emeritus Professor of Aerospace Engineering at The University of Michigan, where he was on the faculty for 25 years. He is an author of over 180 refereed technical articles, conference papers, and technical publications, a holder of six U.S. and international patents, and has given over 240 technical presentations, including more than 140 invited, plenary, and keynote lectures worldwide, on topics dealing with aerospace engineering and defense science. Additionally, Dr. Dahm founded and served on the Board of two technology-oriented entrepreneurial companies, and he has served extensively on technical advisory and organizational committees for numerous technical conferences, and as a consultant for industry.