Dr. David E. Lambert, a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is the Chief Scientist, Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He serves as the principal scientific and technical advisor to the director and is the primary authority for technical content of the directorate's science and technology portfolio. The Munitions Directorate leads the discovery, development, integration and transition of conventional weapon science and technology portfolio for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. The directorate consists of a staff of more than 800 military, civilian and contracted professionals pursuing a wide variety of research and development efforts in energetic materials, fuzes, warheads, missile seekers, guidance, navigation and control, weapon airframes, assessment methodology, and the integration of these technologies into weapon concepts and development programs.
Dr. Lambert began his Department of Defense civilian service career in 1985 as a Cooperative Education intern. His technical background is applied research in detonation physics, focused energy warheads, penetration mechanics, and advanced integrated ordnance concepts. He has co-authored more than 130 papers and proceedings in journals and proceedings.
Dr. Lambert is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Air Force Research Laboratory. He has served in various leadership positions in technical communities, including the International Ballistics Society, Hypervelocity Impact Society, Aeroballistics Range Association, and Joint Munitions Programs under Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). Dr. Lambert is currently the Chair of the Kinetic Weapons Community of Interest of Reliance 21 under OUSD (R&E) and is the U.S. Air Force Representative to the Weapons Panel of The Technical Cooperation Program. He holds board of director and advisory positions with academia and non-profit organizations.
1987 Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Florida State University, Tallahassee
1991 Master of Science, Engineering Mechanics, University of Florida, Gainesville
1998 Doctor of Philosophy, Engineering Mechanics, University of Florida, Gainesville
1. May 1985–May 1987, Engineering and Architecture Student Trainee, Civil Engineering Group, Armament Directorate, Air Force Systems Command, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
2. May 1987–June 1992, Mechanical Engineer, Warheads Branch, Air Force Armament Laboratory, Aeronautical Systems Command, Eglin AFB, Fla.
3. July 1992–March 1997, Mechanical Engineer, Warheads Branch, Wright Laboratory, Munitions Directorate, Air Force Materiel Command, Eglin AFB, Fla.
4. March 1997–January 2009, Team Lead, Damage Mechanisms Branch, Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, AFMC, Eglin AFB, Fla.
5. January 2009–September 2013, Damage Mechanisms Sciences Core Technical Competency Lead, Damage Mechanisms Branch, Munitions Directorate, AFRL, Eglin AFB, Fla.
6. September 2013–July 2015, Principal Mechanical Engineer, Ordnance Sciences Core Technical Competency Lead, Ordnance Division, Munitions Directorate, AFRL, Eglin AFB, Fla.
7. July 2015–present, Chief Scientist, Munitions Directorate, AFRL, Eglin AFB, Fla.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Fellow, Air Force Research Laboratory
Air Force Commendation Medal-Exemplary Civilian Service Award
AF Commendation Medal-Meritorious Civilian Service Award
AF Commendation Medal-Civilian Achievement Award
S&T Achievement Award, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
AFRL Science, Engineering and Technical Award
AFMC Science, Engineering and Technical Award
Leroy Collins Distinguished Graduate, Northwest Florida State College
Distinguished Alumnus, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida
Hall of Fame, Choctawhatchee High School, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Fellow)
Hypervelocity Impact Society (past President)
International Ballistics Society (Founding Senior Member)
DEFENSEWERX Board of Directors, ex officio
DoD Aerospace Education, Research & Innovation Center Advisory Board, Tuskegee University
National Defense Industrial Association
Air Force Association
(Current as of July 2021)