THOMAS M. FISCHER

Thomas M. Fischer, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of Engineering and Technical Management and Chief Engineer, Air Force Materiel Command, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He provides wide-ranging leadership for ensuring technical superiority and integrity of Air Force systems. He leads the Command transformation to digital engineering to unleash the value of technology disruption and provide rapid capability maturation, delivery, and readiness. He leads a 14,000-person national engineering organization and is responsible for talent acquisition, development, and management of more than 80% of the Air Force’s engineering and technical workforce.

Mr. Fischer entered federal service in 1987 and served in a broad range of senior engineering and program management positions in acquisition, sustainment, science and technology, and Command organizations. Mr. Fischer’s assignments include serving as Director of Engineering for three Centers of Air Force Materiel Command. He served as Director of Engineering for the Air Force Sustainment Center and was responsible for delivering cost effective readiness through development and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies, processes and tools; and provided executive leadership and technical direction to the 4,500-member science, engineering and engineering technician workforce. As Director of Engineering and Technical Management for the Air Force Research Laboratory he was the engineering authority and senior career field representative for more than 3,000 science, engineering, and program management professionals. He also served as the Program Manager of Airborne Laser Development and Integration, responsible for day-to-day program execution. Mr. Fischer’s engineering assignments include lead positions on the C-17, F-22 and RQ-4 programs.

In his previous position, Mr. Fischer served as Director of Engineering and Technical Management and Chief Engineer, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, leading a 6,000-person engineering team. He was the Air Force Technical Airworthiness Authority, the single independent official authorized to make determinations that air systems are safe and approved for flight operations. He was the executive responsible for installation management of the Air Force-owned industrial plants throughout the nation. He also provided direct warfighter support through combat effectiveness, vulnerability, and operational weaponeering analyses; and sustainment technology innovation. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in January 2015.

EDUCATION
1986 Bachelor of Science Degree, Mechanical Engineering, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.
1994 Master of Science Degree, Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
1996 Master of Business Administration Degree, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
2006 Air War College, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2011 Program Managers Course, Defense Acquisition University, Kettering, Ohio
2012 Master of Science, National Resource Strategy, Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2012 Senior Acquisition Course, Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. July 1987–February 1988, Project Engineer, Environmental Systems, Engineering Directorate, Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
2. February 1988–August 1994, Project Engineer, Environmental Systems, C-17 System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
3. August 1994–December 1994, Student, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
4. December 1994–November 1997, Lead Engineer, Aircraft Systems, C-17 System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. November 1997–December 1998, Lead Engineer, Environmental Control/Thermal Management,
F-22 System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
6. December 1998–September 2002, Plans and Programs Engineer, Program Planning & Integration, F-22 System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
7. September 2002–July 2003, Lead Air Vehicle Systems Engineer, RQ-4 Global Hawk System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
8. July 2003–December 2004, Lead, Airborne Laser System Integration and Chief, Aircraft Branch, Airborne Laser System Program Office, Missile Defense Agency, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
9. December 2004–June 2006, Program Manager and Director, Development and Integration, Airborne Laser System Program Office, Missile Defense Agency, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
10. June 2006–June 2008, Chief, C-17 Flight Systems Division, 516th Aeronautical Systems Wing, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
11. June 2008–May 2009, Chief Engineer, C-17 Sustainment Program, 516th Aeronautical Systems Wing, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
12. May 2009–August 2011, Technical Director, Engineering and Technical Management, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
13. August 2011–June 2012, Student, Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
14. June 2012–January 2015, Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
15. January 2015–May 2018, Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Air Force Sustainment Center, Robins AFB, Ga.
17. May 2018–August 2020, United States Air Force Technical Airworthiness Authority and Director of Engineering and Technical Management/Services, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
18. August 2020–present, Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Certified Acquisition Professional, Level III, Engineering
Certified Acquisition Professional, Level III, Program Management
Certified Acquisition Professional, Level II, Science and Technology Manager
Certified Acquisition Professional, Level I, Test and Evaluation

MAJOR AWARDS AND HONORS
1996 Exemplary Civilian Service Award
2002 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2004 Air Force Materiel Command Test and Evaluation Team of the Year (Team Lead)
2005 National Defense Industrial Association Gold Medal (Team Lead)
2008 National Management Association Manager of the Year
2011 General Bernard P. Randolph Engineering Team Excellence Award (Team Lead)
2012 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2014 Air Force Achievement Award
2018 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2020 Meritorious Civilian Service Award

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Mercer University National Engineering Advisory Board
University of Georgia College of Engineering Advisory Board

(Current as of September 2020)