Dr. John D. Matyjas, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Scientific Adviser to the Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. He serves as the Command Chief Scientist providing scientific expertise and technical guidance throughout ACC. As a primary interface to the scientific community, Dr. Matyjas identifies promising technologies and catalyzes rapid, effective enhancements to ACC's warfighting capabilities.
Before assuming his current position, Dr. Matyjas was employed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, where he served as Technical Advisor for the Computing and Communications Division at the Information Directorate as well as Core Technical Competency Lead for Connectivity and Dissemination, developing information technologies critical for C4ISR and cyber systems. Dr. Matyjas cultivated strategic co-development partnerships via joint capability technology demonstrations and coalition experimentation while serving as U.S. National Lead since 2010 for The Technical Cooperation Program C4I Group, Communications and Networking Panel. His accomplishments were lauded by AFRL with induction as a Fellow in 2016.
Dr. Matyjas serves as the Air Force technical lead for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program, Wireless Spectrum Research and Development interagency working group as well as for the Department of Defense CIO Spectrum Science and Technology Working Group. He also served as an Adviser to the National Research Council for the Research Associateship Program.
In the area of wireless communications and networking, Dr. Matyjas has published over 100 journal and conference articles resulting in three key patents filed and more than 1,500 citations. As lead editor, he recently published two books on the subjects of directional networks and spectrum sharing. He is frequently invited as a speaker to flagship Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers communications conferences, the Association of Old Crows, NATO, The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement and AdHocNets events of the European Alliance for Innovation. In recognition of his technical leadership and professionalism, he was appointed to the IEEE Wireless Communications Editorial Advisory Board for a three-year term in 2012. Dr. Matyjas also served for six years as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the State University of New York Polytechnic in Utica, New York.
1996 Associate of Science degree in pre-engineering, Niagara University, N.Y.
1998 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering, University of Buffalo, N.Y.
2000 Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, University of Buffalo, N.Y.
2004 Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering, University of Buffalo, N.Y.
1. 2004 – 2009, Assistant Director, Center for Integrated Transmission and Exploitation, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.
2. 2010 – 2016, Core Technical Competency Lead, Connectivity and Dissemination, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.
3. 2011 – 2019, U.S. National Lead, The Technical Cooperation Program, C4I Communications and Networking Technical Panel, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.
4. 2016 – 2019, Technical Advisor, Computing and Communications Division, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.
5. 2019 – present, Scientific Adviser to the Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
AWARDS AND HONORS
2018 Transmission, Access and Optical Systems Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Communications
2016 Fellow, Air Force Research Laboratory
2015 Air Force Association “Air Force Material Command Technology Manager of the Year” Award
2015 Air Force Research Laboratory “Engineer of the Year” Award
2013 AFRL Information Directorate International Science and Technology Leadership Award
2012 IEEE Technological Innovation Award, outstanding leadership and achievements
2012 IEEE Exemplary Reviewer Award, Transactions on Wireless Communications
2010 IEEE Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Communications
2009 Air Force STEM Award – McLucas Basic Research Honorable Mention
2009 Mohawk Valley Engineering Executive Council “Engineer of the Year” Award
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers Communications, Information Theory, Computational Intelligence, Aerospace and Electronics Systems and Signal Processing Societies
Member, Air Force Association
Chair, IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society, Mohawk Valley Section, 2017-2019
Secretary, IEEE Mohawk Valley Section, 2017-2019
Adviser, National Research Council Research Associateship Program, 2008-present
Chair, IEEE Signal Processing Society, Mohawk Valley Section, 2009-2017
IEEE Editorial Advisory Board Member, Transactions on Wireless Communications, 2012-2014
Invited Chair, European Alliance for Innovation’s AdHocNets Conference, Ottawa, Canada, 2016
Member, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Member, Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society
(Current as of February 2019)