Dr. Thomas W. Hussey, a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is Chief Scientist, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, Va. Dr. Hussey is the principal science and technology adviser to the director in matters of formulation, planning, managing and integration of all Air Force basic research programs. The office has a staff of 200 people and an annual working budget of $400 million that support more than 5,000 worldwide basic research projects critical to the defense of the U.S. The office selects, sponsors, and manages research relevant to Air Force needs in science and technology, and is the single manager for the entire Air Force basic research program. AFOSR reports to the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Dr. Hussey earned a doctorate in physics from the University of Florida in 1974. He then joined the Air Force Weapons Laboratory as an active-duty Air Force officer and was responsible for the numerical modeling of high-energy-density z-pinch plasmas under development for nuclear weapons effects simulation. He was first to quantify the effect of non-linear Rayleigh-Taylor instability on fast, hollow-core z pinches. He left the Air Force in 1979 and joined Sandia National Laboratories where he worked with the theoretical and numerical modeling of numerous high-energy-density plasma problems, including z pinches, x-ray lasers, cathode plasma formation and evolution, hohlraum physics, and high-current-density electrode behavior.
In 1991, Dr. Hussey joined the Phillips Laboratory to lead a group responsible for applying high-performance computing technology to the numerical simulation of high-energy-density plasmas. His work was instrumental to developing and distributing, both inside and outside the Defense Department, a series of plasma physics simulation codes. In 1995 he managed the High-Energy Sources Division with responsibility for high-power microwave source and pulsed-power development. He later served as program manager for a customer-directed effort and, since late 1999, has served as technical adviser to a modeling, simulation and analysis group that provides end-to-end source to target modeling. Prior to his current duties, Dr. Hussey served as Senior Scientist for High-powered Microwave Plasma Science and Technology, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M., where he guided Air Force research and development activities in high-energy-density pulsed power and radio frequency source development.
1969 Bachelor of Science degree in physics, University of Florida, Gainesville
1971 Master of Science degree in physics, University of Florida, Gainesville
1974 Doctor of Philosophy degree in physics, University of Florida, Gainesville
1. 1975 - 1979, project officer, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2. 1979 - 1991, technical staff senior member, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, N.M.
3. 1991 - 1995, team leader, High-Performance Computing, Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
4. 1995 - 1997, Chief, High-Energy Sources Division, Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
5. 1997 - 1999, Program Manager, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
6. 1999 - 2006, Senior Scientist for High-powered Microwave Plasma Science and Technology, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
7. 2007 - present, Chief Scientist, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, Va.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
American Physical Society
Association of Old Crows
Charter member, Directed-Energy Professional Society
(Current as of June 2007)