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Dr. William M. Roquemore, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Senior Scientist for Combustion, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He serves as the senior research scientist and independent researcher in the field of air-breathing combustion, diagnostics and fuels technologies. He conceives, plans, and advocates major research and development activities. He consults with the director of aerospace systems, the division chiefs and the staffs concerning the total reach of the program and its results. Dr. Roquemore monitors and guides the quality of scientific and technical resources. He provides expert technical consultation to Air Force organizations, Department of Defense and other government agencies, and to universities and industry.

Dr. Roquemore joined the Aero Propulsion Laboratory in 1963 and has held various technical leadership positions in airbreathing propulsion. As Team Leader in the Fuels Branch, he pioneered the development and application of laser diagnostic techniques to study practical combustion flow. He used the techniques to establish a database for developing and evaluating combustor design models. As the Technical Director of the Combustion Branch, he led the development of a revolutionary gas turbine combustor, the trapped vortex combustor. He invented the reactive Mie scattering visualization technique. His visualizations of combustion flows have appeared on the cover of five technical publications, been presented in four books, received numerous scientific art awards, and appear in the book "Physics in the 20thCentury."

Dr. Roquemore has received patents for VTOL landing site preparation, fiber-optical thermometry and a trapped vortex combustor. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications on laser combustion diagnostics, and fundamental combustion and fuels.

1963 Bachelor of Science degree in physics, Auburn University
1969 Master of Science degree in physics, University of Dayton
1973 Doctor of Philosophy degree in physics, University of Cincinnati

1. 1963 - 1973, project engineer on rapid-site preparation for vertical take-off and landing aircraft, Support Techniques Branch, Aero Propulsion Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2. 1974 - 1985, Team Leader, Advanced Laser Diagnostics Techniques and Combustion Modeling, Fuels Branch, Aero Propulsion and Power Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
3. 1986 - 1996, Technical Director, Fuels and Combustion Branch, Aero Propulsion and Power Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
4. 1997 - 1999, Technical Director, Combustion Branch, Propulsion Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
5. 2000 - 2012, Senior Scientist for Combustion, Propulsion Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, WPAFB, Ohio
6. 2012 - present, Senior Scientist for Combustion, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, WPAFB, Ohio

1986 Engineering and Scientist Award, Engineering and Science Foundation of Dayton, Ohio
1989 Fellow, Wright Laboratory
1991 Science and Technology Achievement Award, Air Force Systems Command
1995 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
1996 Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
1991 - 1995 and 1996 - 1998 Star Team, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
1985, 1977 and 1997 Heron Award
1987 Outstanding Professional Achievement Award, Affiliate Society Council Dayton Ohio
1998 Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
1999 Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
2000 Air Force Science and Engineering Award for Research Manager
2003 SERDP Project of the Year Award - Trapped Vortex Combustor
2004 Fellow, American Physical Society
2010 Distinguished Paper Award, International Combustion Symposium
2011 SERDP Project of the Year Award - Soot Science Program

Fellow, American Physical Society - APS
Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - AIAA
The Combustion Institute
Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers - ASME
American Association for the Advancement of Science - AAAS 
Sigma Pi Sigma (Honorary physics fraternity)

(Current as of June 2013)


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