Dr. Michael R. Deis, 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 science and technology for superior Air Force systems in the areas of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, precision engagement and electronic warfare. The directorate's primary areas of technology investment include radio frequency sensing; net-centric spectrum warfare; electro-optical sensors and countermeasures; automatic target recognition; performance based sensing; and electronic devices. Dr. Deis oversees an annual budget of more than $850 million, and directs the activities of approximately 1,300 scientists, engineers and support.
Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Deis was the Deputy Director, Directorate of Air, Space and Information Operations, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He was responsible for shaping the workforce and infrastructure for operations to test, field and sustain war-winning expeditionary capabilities. Dr. Deis was also responsible for the command's test policy and resource allocation flight management; aircraft control services; weather services; as well as command and control operations and plans. He served as the headquarters test and evaluation mission area focal point for three Air Force test organizations: Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, Calif.; Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold AFB, Tenn.; and Air Armament Center's 46th Test Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla. He also served as the Technical Director for this directorate.
Dr. Deis has held numerous technical and leadership positions. He began his civil service career at Wright-Patterson AFB as a controls engineer in the Flight Dynamics Directorate, followed by an assignment in the Air Force Electronic Combat Office. Dr. Deis transferred to the Air Force Development Test Center as a plans and programs engineer, followed by assignments in the 46th Test Wing, Precisions Strike Systems Program Office and the Air Armament Center Capabilities Integration Directorate.
Dr. Deis' career includes more than 25 years of experience in research, development, and test and evaluation of Air Force, Army, Navy and joint programs. He has supported many major Air Force weapons systems programs in one or more of the acquisition phases: test and evaluation, research and development, acquisition and sustainment.
1982 Bachelor of Science degree in systems engineering (electrical and electronics), Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
1996 Master of Science degree in systems engineering (engineering management), University of Florida
2003 Defense Systems Management Course, Defense Acquisition University
2006 GS-15 Leadership Seminar, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007 Air War College, by seminar
2009 Air Force Civilian Leadership Course, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
2010 Doctor of Management degree in organizational leadership, University of Phoenix
1. August 1974 - May 1998, Air Force active duty, Ohio Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve (retired with 23 years of service)
2. February 1978 - April 1987, design engineer and project manager, Industry, Dayton, Ohio
3. April 1987 - August 1989, electronics engineer, Flight Dynamics Lab, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
4. August 1989 - July 1992, test management engineer, Air Force Electronic Combat Office, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. July 1992 - September 1995, test planning engineer, Air Force Development Test Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
6. September 1995 - December 1997, technology transfer engineer, AFDTC, Eglin AFB, Fla.
7. December 1997 - February 2002, Engineering Team Lead, Preflight Integration of Munitions and Electronic Systems Test Facility, Eglin AFB, Fla.
8. February 2002 - November 2003, Chief Engineer, Armament Product Directorate, Eglin AFB, Fla.
9. November 2003 - February 2006, Chief, Simulation and Signature Division, Eglin AFB, Fla.
10. February 2006 - October 2007, Director, 782nd Test Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
11. October 2007 - July 2010, Technical Director of Air, Space and Information Operations, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
12. August 2010 - Jan 2012, Deputy Director of Air, Space and Information Operations, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
13. Jan 2012 - present, Director, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
AWARDS AND HONORS
2002, 2003 and 2005 Exemplary Civilian Service Award
2004 Volunteer Excellence Award
2009, 2010 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Test and Evaluation, Level III
Systems Planning Research, Development and Engineering, Level III
Program Management, Level II
Communications and Computer, Level II
(Current as of March 2012)