HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay



Dr. Alan Garscadden, a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is Chief Scientist, Propulsion Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. He serves as technical adviser to the laboratory commander on a wider spectrum of aeronautical research, including many facets of propulsion, aerospace power, hypersonics, laser physics, combustion and plasma phenomena and applications.

Dr. Garscadden, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, is known for his work in theoretical and experimental basic and applied research in nonequilibrium plasmas and energized gas flows, lasers, laser-based measurements, plasma-processing of thin films, optical and mass spectroscopic measurements, electron impact cross sections and their influence on electron transport and the derivation of collision cross sections from transport data. Dr. Garscadden has authored more than 250 publications and presentations and served on many organizing committees for both national and international meetings and symposiums, some of which were held in the United Kingdom, Japan and Europe.

Dr. Garscadden has served on various technical committees and several professional societies; reviewed more than 400 publications; has authored several book chapters and has conducted approximately 120 invited lectures and presentations to peer audiences, including plenary talks at international meetings. He has served as thesis adviser and adjunct professor for several local and national universities, and has been a research fellow at Wright Laboratory since 1988. He has been involved in various consultations and calculations on Department of Defense activities involving different diverse areas such as lasers, hypersonics, combustors, and laser and IR sources.

1958 Bachelor of Science degree in physics, with honors, Queens University of Belfast
1962 Doctor of Philosophy in physics, Queens University of Belfast

1. 1962 - 1975, research physicist, later, Director, Plasma Physics Laboratory, Aerospace Research Laboratories
2. 1975 - 1995, research physicist, later, Chief Scientist, Aero Propulsion and Power Directorate
3. 1995 - 1997, Chief Scientist, Wright Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
4. 1997 - present, Chief Scientist, Propulsion Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and Edwards AFB, Calif.

Research Fellow Award, Wright Laboratory
USAF Basic Research Award
2003 Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award
2007 Distinguished Senior Professional Presidential Rank Award

1969 - present, adjunct professor, Air Force Institute of Technology
1987 - 1989, adjunct professor, University of Oklahoma
1988 - present, research fellow, Wright Laboratory (now AFRL Fellow)
1989 - 1994, adjunct professor, University of Texas

Fellow, American Physical Society
Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Fellow, AIAA
Fellow, Institute of Physics (United Kingdom)
Former member, National Research Council Committee on plasma processing and data base
Former member, National Research Council Committee on plasma sciences
Past chairman, Gaseous Electronics Conference
Past chairman, Gordon Conference on plasma chemistry
Invited speaker at NATO Advanced Study Institutes
Invited speaker at European meetings on atomic and molecular physics
Former member, AIAA Technical Committee on plasma dynamics
Former associate editor, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Plasma Sciences Journal
Former joint editor, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Plasma Sciences Journal Special Issue
Technical committees for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Strategic Defense Initiative Organization and NATO
Editorial Board, Plasma Sources Science and Technology
Advisory Board, Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Cincinnati
Advisory Board, Aerospace Engineering Department, The Ohio State University

(Current as of October 2009)


Facebook Twitter
The 6 finalists of @SecAFOfficial’s #SparkTank initiative will showcase their ideas to #USAF senior leaders at… https://t.co/5CDsmaW2aD
A setback just may have been the perfect setup to this #Airman's success. #KnowYourMil https://t.co/sCl0o7PTQj
A #USAF #F22Raptor is parked on the flight line on Feb. 11, 2019, @JBLENews. The jets were staged as part of a rout… https://t.co/jLVo8vgGeh
The @35thFighterWing & the Korat Royal Thai Air Base improve security & unite the #multinational force to accomplis… https://t.co/tw86O89624
Find out why these @455thAEW #Airmen must race against time in order to 'detect' and 'protect' in their deployed en… https://t.co/jzSl24cxZ2
.@USAFReserve Chief recently approved changes to the Active Guard Reserve program & plans to grow the program by si… https://t.co/at2UBLEa7q
"Without our @DeptofDefense and the components of it, & @FEMA, these #islands would not have been able to recover i… https://t.co/Zu25GmCMQC
We’re using #augmentedreality tech to provide more realistic training for our #maintainers, cutting time & breaking… https://t.co/kzfErH8tmP
RT @SecAFOfficial: Strong words from @SenFischer: The face of 21st century warfare is changing. We must meet this challenge head on. The U.…
Thanks to the partnerships #Airmen built within their community, the @Dodgers hosted the first Los Angeles “Enlistm… https://t.co/B6dYDIfVvB
Election to the @theNAEng is among the highest professional distinctions afforded to an #engineer. For one #USAF en… https://t.co/iCL59ciOxD
.@HQ_AFMC modernizes aircrew safety with new technology. https://t.co/eBpCF3gk33
What would you do if you witnessed a severe car accident? This @MacDill_AFB #Airman's quick thinking ultimately sav… https://t.co/K1cacCZAab
An #F16 flies over the coast of #Florida during a training sortie during a deployment @45thSpaceWing, Feb. 4. (Air… https://t.co/XgQEIpNI4p
RT @SecAFOfficial: We make it real. Fielding solutions faster & smarter. @usairforce https://t.co/n4kCs4WvPi https://t.co/EyZgqgpd9M
RT @AirmanMagazine: This hands-on training exposes Flight Nurse and Aeromedical Technician Course students to various types of wartime inju…
RT @AFThunderbirds: #blackhistorymonth: In 1964, Lloyd “Fig” Newton’s interest peaked when he saw the #afthunderbirds demonstration perform…
Meet Eden. She's not just a therapy dog; she’s a liaison of information between the #USAF and the @USArmy.… https://t.co/hVXFubZws7
The #USAF's partnership w/ the #RoK continues to build through joint training. Find out how this #pilot's training… https://t.co/Qb12jUdTHr