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DR. TIMOTHY J. BUNNING

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Dr. Timothy J. Bunning, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Chief Scientist of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In this position, he shares responsibility to define, advocate and implement a strategic vision for the research and development activities within the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. He works across AFRL, other Defense Department entities and with our academic and industrial partners to coordinate, leverage and integrate materials and processing-centric efforts at all levels of technical and manufacturing readiness.

Dr. Bunning joined the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate in 1990 as a Ph.D. student. His research was funded through an Air Force Office of Scientific Research doctoral fellowship and conducted on-site within the directorate. After earning his doctorate and conducting post-doctoral studies at Cornell University, he spent six years as an on-site contractor before transitioning to civil service in 1998. Dr. Bunning has served many roles within the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate including in-house researcher, project engineer, research team leader, branch chief, division technical director, division chief and mentor. He entered the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives in 2015.

Dr. Bunning is active in numerous technical communities and is a Fellow of AFRL, Optical Society of America, Society of Optical Engineering, American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry and Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering. His research interests center on responsive optical, electro-optical and photo-optical structured organic and hybrid materials and approaches for utility in optical sensing, laser beam control and filtering (modulation) applications.  He has co-authored more than 260 refereed papers and over 120 proceedings, has edited several books and holds 18 patents. Additionally, he has presented hundreds of invited presentations, colloquia and seminars, and his team’s research efforts have been highlighted in many professional settings. He is active in numerous technical societies, is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Tech, and is on the editorial boards of several journals.

EDUCATION
1992 Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs
2008 Air War College

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 1992 – 1998, Visiting scientist/contractor (SAIC), Air Force Materials Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2. 1998 – 2007, Senior/Principal Materials Research Engineer, Hardened Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
3. 2002 – 2007, Research Group Leader, Hardened Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
4. 2005 – 2006, Acting Chief, Hardened Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. 2007 – 2010, Division Technical Director, Survivability and Sensor Materials Division, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
6. 2011, Developmental Sabbatical, Materials Science and Engineering Department, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
7. 2012 – 2015, Chief, Functional Materials Division, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
8. 2015 – present, Chief Scientist, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

AWARDS AND HONORS
2001 Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer
2002 John H. Dillon Medal from the Division of Polymer Physics, American Physical Society
2004 Affiliate Society Council (Dayton) Outstanding Engineer and Scientist Award 
2007 Fellow, American Physical Society 
2007 Fellow, International Society for Optics and Photonics 
2007 Fellow, Air Force Research Laboratory
2011 62nd Arthur S. Flemming Award, Department of Defense
2010 John L. McLucas Basic Science Air Force Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Award
2013 Fellow, Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering, American Chemical Society 
2013 Fellow, Optical Society of America
2013 American Chemical Society Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Co-Operative Research Award
2016 Fellow, Materials Research Society
2017 Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
2017 Fellow, American Chemical Society

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
American Physical Society 
Materials Research Society
American Chemical Society
Optical Society of America
Society of Optical Engineering
International Liquid Crystal Society

(Current as of November 2017)

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