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DR. LAVERNE "VERN" SCHLIE

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Dr. LaVerne "Vern" Schlie, a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is Senior Scientist for Laser Technology, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. He is responsible for planning, conducting and coordinating research in laser technology while serving as the principal scientific authority and independent researcher in the field of laser technology within the laboratory. Dr. Schlie is widely recognized in the laser community. He advises and directs many laser programs within the AFRL, and participates on many governmental committees for laser technology, and applications and effects with the departments of Defense and Energy, NASA and the National Science Foundation. He is a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives.

Dr. Schlie is known for his work in high-energy laser technology developments and applications important to the Air Force. His diversified research group's laser efforts involves electric, chemical, photolytic, solid-state, and ultrashort fs and ps lasers; the associated areas of plasma physics, microwaves, high-voltage engineering, optics, chemical physics, fluid dynamics, cryogenics and laser-material interactions. In addition, he serves as adjunct physics professor at the University of New Mexico and the Air Force Institute of Technology, graduating more than 20 doctoral and graduate students. He has written more than 120 publications and presentations, and holds 14 patents. Dr. Schlie's research has resulted in major advances in photolytic iodine, electrical discharge lasers, chemical oxygen-iodine, carbon monoxide, excimer and fs-ultrashort laser technology. Many of his laser research advances and patents have been transferred to industry through cooperative research and development agreements, and small business innovative research and technology transfers.

Dr. Schlie's main efforts are directed toward integrating high-energy lasers and high-power microwaves into fighter aircraft, such as the F-15, F-16, F-18, F-22 and the Joint Strike Fighter, plus other air vehicle platforms for tactical applications. He initiated the study on Directed Energy Application for Tactical Airborne Combat, then served as technology adviser to the applications panel developing the use of various directed energy technologies for tactical uses on fighter aircraft to enhance the warfighter's capabilities for the 21st century. He led an integrated process study team on tactical high-energy laser fighters dealing with all aspects of the laser's integration and potential future use to the warfighter. He is the focal point for this activity within the AFRL. Also coupled to this effort are technologies of advanced sensors and aircraft self-defense, which utilize developments of compact, lightweight high-energy lasers.

EDUCATION
1965 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana
1966 Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana
1970 Doctor of Philosophy degree in electrical engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 1966 - 1966, laser engineer for autonetics, Rocketdyne Corp., Anaheim, Calif.
2. 1970 - 1971, visiting research scientist, Aerospace Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
3. 1971 - 1976, electrical engineer in lasers, Electric Laser Branch, Laser Division, Advanced Radiation Technology Office, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
4. 1976 - 1980, electrical engineer in lasers and optics, and technical adviser, Electric Laser Branch, Laser Division, Advanced Radiation Technology Office, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
5. 1980 - 1987, research physicist in lasers and optics, Laser Division, Advanced Radiation Technology Office, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M. (1982 - 1982, senior research sabbatical fellowship, Max-Planck-Institute, Garching, West Germany)
6. 1987 - 1991, senior research physicist in lasers and optics, Laser Division, Advanced Radiation Technology Office, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
7. 1991 - 1997, senior research physicist in lasers and optics, Laser and Imaging Division, Air Force Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
8. 1997 - 1999, senior research physicist in lasers and optics, Laser Division, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
9. 1999 - present, Senior Scientist for Laser Technology, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

AWARDS AND HONORS
1982 Max-Planck-Institute Sabbatical Fellowship, West Germany
Fellow, Optical Society of America
Fellow, Air Force Research Laboratory
1994 Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for excellence in technology transfer

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1978 - present, adjunct professor, University of New Mexico and Air Force Institute of Technology

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Optical Society of America
American Physical Society
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
American Chemical Society
Directed Energy Professional Society

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
System Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, Level III  
Program Management, Level II  

(Current as of January 2001)

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