Dr. Donald W. Hanson, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, Information Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y. The directorate is the center for the advancement and application of information systems science and technology to enable information dominance for the Air Force. The directorate's areas of investigation include a broad spectrum of information technologies for fusion, communication, collaborative environments, modeling and simulation, defensive information warfare, and intelligent information systems. As Director, he oversees an annual budget of more than $500 million, and he directs the activities of approximately 825 military and civilian scientists, engineers and administrative and support people.
Dr. Hanson began his career with the Air Force in 1968 when he joined the Rome Air Development Center. He has held a variety of assignments with progressive responsibility in both management and technical leadership positions, ending in his current position, which he assumed in May 2005. His principal technical work was conducted in the fields of photonics, radar and adaptive optics. He has written or co-written more than 10 publications in these areas, and holds two patents with co-inventors.
1968 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.
1973 Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, Syracuse University, N.Y.
1981 Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering, Syracuse University, N.Y.
1991 Leadership for a Democratic Society, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
1996 Management and Public Policy, Department of Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, N.Y.
1996 Creating the Future: The Challenge of Transformation Leadership, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
1. 1968 - 1973, technical staff member, Electronic Counter Countermeasures and Navigation Branch, Rome Air Development Center, Griffiss Air Force Base, N.Y.
2. 1973 - 1979, technical staff member, Electro-Optical Surveillance Division, Rome Air Development Center, Griffiss AFB, N.Y.
3. 1979 - 1983, principal investigator and program manager, Compensated Imaging Program, Rome Air Development Center, Griffiss AFB, N.Y.
4. 1983 - 1986, chief scientist and program manager, Advanced Optics Development and Evaluation Program, Rome Air Development Center, Griffiss AFB, N.Y.
5. 1986 - 1987, technical adviser, Electro-Optical Surveillance Division, Rome Air Development Center, Griffiss AFB, N.Y.
6. 1987 - 1989, Associate Director, Photonics Laboratory, Rome Air Development Center, Griffiss AFB, N.Y.
7. 1989 - 1990, Director, Photonics Laboratory, Rome Air Development Center, Griffiss AFB, N.Y.
8. 1990 - 1992, Director, Surveillance Directorate, Rome Laboratory, Griffiss AFB, N.Y.
9. 1992 - 1997, Director, Surveillance and Photonics Directorate, Rome Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.
10. 1997 - 1999, Senior Scientist for Photonics, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.
11. 1999 - 2000, acting Director, Sensors Directorate, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
12. 2000 - 2005, Director, Sensors Directorate, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
13. 2005 - present, Director, Information Directorate, AFRL, Rome, N.Y.
1982 - 1986, Reviewer, "Optics Letters," Optical Society of America
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
1983 Co-chairman, International Society for Optical Engineering Symposium on Adaptive Optics
1995 - 1996, Secretary, Mohawk Valley Chapter, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
2004 Fellow, IEEE
1993 Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, Level III