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Dr. Michael Eismann is Chief Scientist, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  In this capacity, he serves as the directorate’s principal scientific and technical advisor, and is responsible for the technical direction, content and quality of a science and technology portfolio addressing critical Air Force and Department of Defense strategic objectives that is composed of core technical competencies in radio frequency and electro-optical/infrared sensing, spectrum warfare, layered sensing exploitation, and advanced electronics.

Dr. Eismann entered the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives in 2012 as the Air Force Senior Scientist for Electro-Optical and Infrared Sensors, serving as the principal scientific authority for electro-optical and infrared sensor research for all Air Force customers.  He is an internationally recognized authority on passive infrared imaging and hyperspectral remote sensing, and continues to perform both basic and applied defense research in these areas.  Additionally, Dr. Eismann serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Chairman of the Optics Technology Focus Group for the NATO Sensors and Electronics Technology (SET) panel, Editor-in-Chief of Optical Engineering and active participant in multiple professional societies including as Board of Directors member for SPIE.  Prior to joining the Air Force Research Laboratory in 1996, he was employed by the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM), where he was involved in research concerning active and passive optical and infrared targeting and reconnaissance, optical information processing, and holographic optics. 

1985 Bachelor of Science in Physics, Thomas More College, Kentucky 
1987 Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia 
2005 Doctor of Philosophy in Electro-Optics, University of Dayton, Ohio
2007 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, by correspondence
2007 Certified Acquisition Professional, Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, Virginia 

July 1987 - July 1991, Research Engineer, Advanced Concepts Division, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, Ann Arbor
July 1991 – March 1996, Research Engineer, Dayton Regional Office, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, Dayton, Ohio
March 1996 – November 1998, Senior Research Engineer (IPA assignment), Electro-Optical Targeting Branch, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
November 1998 – October 2007, Technical Advisor, Electro-Optical Threat and Target Detection Branch, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
May 2005 – present, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Engineering and Management, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
October 2007 – November 2010, Technical Advisor, Electro-Optical Sensor Technology Division, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
November 2010 – August 2012, Technical Advisor, Multispectral Sensing and Detection Division, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
August 2012 – December 2014, Senior Scientist, Electro-Optical and Infrared Sensors, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
December 2014 – present, Chief Scientist, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

2008 Fellow, Air Force Research Laboratory
2010 Fellow, SPIE
2010 Fellow, Military Sensing Symposia
2012 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2012 President’s Award, SPIE

Systems Planning, Research, development, and Engineering – Systems Engineering, Level III
Program Management, Level I

(Current as of January 2015)


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