Dr. Katherine A. Stevens, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. She is responsible for planning and executing the Air Force's advanced materials, processes and manufacturing technology programs to support all elements of Air Force acquisition and sustainment. Dr. Stevens is also responsible for interfacing these areas throughout the corporate Air Force and Department of Defense. She oversees an annual budget of more than $450 million and directs the activities of approximately 1,200 scientists, engineers and support personnel at five different geographic locations.
Dr. Stevens began her career with the Air Force in 1979 at the Air Force Materials Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, researching high-temperature materials for advanced turbine engine applications. During her more than 20 years developing, transitioning, and consulting on materials and manufacturing, she worked on a number of key materials and processes, primarily for advanced and legacy turbine engines, including those powering the F-22 and F-35. She later influenced a much broader array of materials and processes developments and applications from key Materials and Manufacturing Directorate leadership positions.
After serving as the Director of Plans and Programs at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, Calif., she moved to the Department of the Navy in 2006 to assume the position of the Director of Aerospace Science Research at the Office of Naval Research. There she was the senior focal point for science and technology related to naval aviation and oversaw a broad portfolio of basic and applied research. This included the areas of air vehicles and propulsion, aerodynamics, aircraft structures, gas turbine engines, control systems, and ship or air-launched weapons. She was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in October 2006.
1980 Bachelor of Science degree in materials science and engineering, Wright State University, Fairborn, Ohio
1987 Master of Science degree in metallurgical engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus
2002 Doctorate of Philosophy degree in materials science and engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus
2006 Sloan Fellow, Master of Science degree in business management, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Calif.
2008 Leadership for a Democratic Society, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
1. March 1979 - March 1983, student trainee, later, materials engineer, Processing and High Temperature Materials Branch, Metals and Ceramics Division, Materials Directorate, Wright Aeronautical Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2. April 1983 - May 1988, materials engineer, Metals Branch, Manufacturing Technology Division, Materials Directorate, Wright Aeronautical Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
3. May 1988 - July 1993, Technical Area Manager, Metals Behavior Branch, Metals, Ceramics, and Nondestructive Evaluation Division, Materials Directorate, Wright Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
4. July 1993 - September 1996, Technical Area Manager, Materials Development Branch, Metals, Ceramics, and NDE Division, Materials Directorate, Wright Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. September 1996 - February 1998, Materials Directorate liaison to the Engine Development Systems Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
6. March 1998 - June 2002, Chief, Metals Branch, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
7. July 2002 - July 2005, Chief, Survivability and Sensor Materials Division, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
8. July 2005 - July 2006, student, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Calif.
9. July 2006 - October 2006, Director, Plans and Programs Directorate, Air Force Flight Center, Edwards AFB, Calif.
10. October 2006 - February 2009, Director, Aerospace Science Research Division, Air Warfare and Weapons Department, Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Va.
11. February 2009 - present, Director, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
AWARDS AND HONORS
2000 Vincent J. Russo Award for Leadership Excellence, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL
2002 Reserve Supervisor of the Year Award, AFRL
2004 Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Engineering, The Ohio State University
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
International Society for Optical Engineering
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Directed Energy Professional Society
Society of Women Engineers
Senior Executive Association
Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, Level III
(Current as of August 2009)