Dr. David M. Jerome, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The directorate specializes in developing the science and technology necessary for superior U.S. air and space systems in the areas of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, precision engagement and electronic warfare. The directorate's primary areas of technology investment include radio frequency sensors and countermeasures, electro-optical sensors and countermeasures, automatic target recognition, electronic devices, and anti-tamper technologies. As director, Dr. Jerome oversees an annual budget of more than $850 million, and directs the activities of approximately 1,400 scientists, engineers and support personnel at three different geographic locations.
Dr. Jerome has held a variety of leadership positions in science and technology, engineering and technical management, and test and evaluation. He has also served in an Office of the Secretary of Defense staff assignment where he assisted the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation in prescribing policies and procedures for determining the operations and composition of the test and evaluation infrastructure for the Department of Defense. He also served as the director's principal staff specialist for all Base Realignment and Closure 2005 activities.
The Ohio native is the author of more than 30 scientific publications and three inventions, and a member of the editorial review staff for three scientific journals. He also held an adjunct faculty appointment with the University of Florida, where he taught graduate-level courses in engineering. Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Jerome served as the Deputy Director of Air, Space and Information Operations, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in March 2006.
1975 Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture, Ohio State University, Columbus
1981 Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, Ohio State University, Columbus
1987 Master of Science degree in engineering mechanics, University of Florida, Gainesville
1996 Doctor of Philosophy degree in engineering mechanics, University of Florida, Gainesville
2004 Leadership for a Democratic Society, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
2005 Senior Acquisition Course, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
2005 Master of Science degree in national resource strategy, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
2009 Executive Course on National and International Security, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2010 APEX Senior Executive Orientation Program, Washington, D.C.
1. September 1981 - April 1989, mechanical engineer, Vulnerability Assessment Branch, Air Force Armament Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Fla.
2. April 1989 - April 1992, Section Chief, Technology Assessment Branch, Armament Directorate, Wright Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Fla.
3. April 1992 - December 1995, engineering technical adviser, Lethality and Vulnerability Branch, Armament Directorate, Wright Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Fla.
4. December 1995 - February 1997, Chief, Lethality and Vulnerability Branch, Armament Directorate, Wright Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Fla.
5. February 1997 - April 2001, Lead Scientist and Core Competency Leader for Advanced Unitary Warhead Technology, Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate, Eglin AFB, Fla.
6. April 2001 - June 2002, Technical Director, Munitions Test Division, 46th Test Wing, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
7. June 2002 - August 2003, Director, Munitions Test Division, 46th Test Wing, AAC, Eglin AFB, Fla.
8. August 2003 - August 2004, Principal Deputy Director, Systems and Test Resources, Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
9. August 2004 - June 2005, graduate student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
10. June 2005 - August 2005, Special Assistant to the Director, Directorate of Engineering and Acquisition Excellence, AAC, Eglin AFB, Fla.
11. August 2005 - March 2006, Executive Director, Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold AFB, Tenn.
12. March 2006 - February 2008, Deputy Director of Air, Space and Information Operations, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
13. February 2008 - present, Director, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
AWARDS AND HONORS
1989 Program Manager of the Year, Air Force Armament Laboratory
1993 Director's Award, Defense Nuclear Agency
2001 Exemplary Civilian Service Award, Department of the Air Force
2004 Award for Excellence, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Invention Awards, Department of the Air Force (3)
Special Act or Service Awards, Department of the Air Force (5)
Notable Achievement Awards, Department of the Air Force (3)
2010 Meritorious Presidential Rank Award
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Life member, National Defense Industrial Association
Senior Executive Association
International Test and Evaluation Association
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Society for Experimental Mechanics
Directed Energy Professional Society
American Concrete Institute
Pi Tau Sigma National Honorary Mechanical Engineering Fraternity
Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, Level III
Test and Evaluation, Level III
(Current as of October 2010)