David Van Wie Head, Air and Missile Defense Sector The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory


Dr. David Van Wie is the Head of the Air and Missile Defense Sector of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where he is responsible for strategic planning, execution, and performance of more than $350M in annual funding in programs advancing the ability of the nation to defend itself and its allies against airborne and ballistic threats. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Mission Area Executive for Precision Strike focusing on advanced weapon development, electromagnetic spectrum dominance, and novel long-range detection and targeting systems through revolutionary application of technologies in the areas of hypersonics, adaptive coordination of discrete kinetic and non-kinetic systems, and upstream data fusion. Dr. Van Wie is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the AIAA, and a recipient of the Air Force Award for Meritorious Civilian Service. Dr. Van Wie has been an active member of the U.S. science and technology community, and has published more than 140 papers in the fields of hypersonics, high-temperature fluid dynamics, airbreathing propulsion, and plasma aerodynamics. Dr. Van Wie earned his Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude), Master of Science, and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland as well as a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.