Dr. Glenn Sjoden is the Chief Scientist, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. The center operates and maintains the U.S. Atomic Energy Detection System, a suite of space-based and subsurface sensors, which monitors foreign compliance with the treaties limiting nuclear testing. A network of trace material analysis laboratories, 14 worldwide detachments and operating locations, and several unmanned equipment locations support the detection system. As Chief Scientist, he is the principal adviser to the commander on scientific and technical matters relating to the center's mission and to its relationships with national and international organizations.
Dr. Sjoden’s experience spans a broad range of science and engineering applications, having served in numerous capacities: technical director, nuclear research officer, professor, lead design engineer, and licensed engineering consultant. During his military career, Dr. Sjoden served as an Air Force nuclear research officer from 1984 to 2004. He served in three separate assignments working on treaty monitoring missions with AFTAC, as an Air Force Education With Industry laboratory associate at Idaho National Laboratory for fuel reprocessing, and as a United States Air Force Academy faculty member as an associate professor, division chief of Applied Mathematics, and director of the Academy’s Department of Defense High Performance Computing initiative.
In 2004, Dr. Sjoden retired as a lieutenant colonel after 20 years of active service. From 2004 to 2010, he served as a faculty member of the University of Florida in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering as the UF Florida Power & Light Endowed Term Professor for Nuclear Power Research. From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Sjoden served as a tenured professor of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering in the George W. Woodruff School at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta as a Joint Faculty with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and also as the Director of Georgia Tech’s Radiological Science and Engineering Laboratory. During his 10 years in academia, Dr. Sjoden also served as an international consultant, with activities that included services as a senior technical advisor to the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, several U.S. national laboratories, and various agencies of the U.S. Government. He is an expert in high performance computing and deterministic and Monte Carlo radiation transport, and is the principal developer of the PENTRAN 3-D parallel deterministic radiation transport code. His research interests spanned reactor physics, SNM/materials detection, treaty monitoring technologies, nuclear power generation, non-destructive testing, nuclear medicine/medical physics simulations and algorithm development, computational fluids, flow induced vibration, and heat transfer.
Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station
Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, WPAFB Ohio
Doctor of Philosophy in Nuclear Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
August to November 1984, Officer Training School student, Lackland AFB (Medina Annex), Texas
December 1984 – June 1986, Systems Project Officer, Directorate of Nuclear Technology, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla.
July 1986 – August 1987, Education With Industry associate, Idaho National Lab/Argonne West, Idaho Falls, Idaho
August 1987 – July 1990, Nuclear Evaluator, Materials Technology Directorate, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla.
July 1990 – March 1992, student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Master of Science degree in nuclear engineering, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
March 1992 – June 1994, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
June 1994 – December 1996, Penn State University, Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, University Park, Pa.
January 1997 – January 2000, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Associate United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
January 2000 – January 2001, Chief of Molecular Sciences, Materials Technology Directorate, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla.
May 2001 – March 2004, Deputy Director, Materials Technology Directorate, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla.
March 2004 – October 2010, Tenured Associate Professor, University of Florida, Nuclear and Radiological Engineering and Florida Power & Light Professor, Gainesville Fla.
November 2010 – June 2014, Tenured Professor and Director, Radiological Science and Engineering Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.
July 2014 – present, Chief Scientist, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
American Nuclear Society Presidential Citation for Service to the Public and the Society for Rapid
Response to the Fukushima, Japan Accident, Hollywood, Florida
Florida Power & Light Endowed Term Professor for Nuclear Power Research
International Researcher of the Year Award--UF College of Engineering
Certificate of Appreciation and Recognition for Contributions to U.S. Intelligence by the Director of
Central Intelligence, Scientific and Technical Intelligence Committee, Washington, D.C.
First Place, Penn State Graduate Research Exhibition, Ph.D. Dissertation
Top Graduate and Distinguished Graduate, AFIT Master of Science Degree Program
Tau Beta Pi Award for Outstanding Thesis, Air Force Institute of Technology
Tau Beta Pi Award for Outstanding Academics, Air Force Institute of Technology
1991 to present - Licensed Professional Nuclear Engineer, State of Florida, FL PE #44144
(Current as of July 2014)