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Dr. Herbert C. Carlson Jr.:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Dr. Herbert C. Carlson Jr., a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is Chief Scientist, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Bolling Air Force Base, D.C. As Chief Scientist, Carlson is the principal science and technology adviser to the director in matters of formulation, planning, managing and integration of all Air Force basic research programs. With a staff of 142 scientists, engineers and administrative personnel, and a $300 million budget, the AFOSR maintains the technological superiority of the U.S. Air Force. This office selects, sponsors and manages research relevant to Air Force needs in science and technology, and is the single manager for the entire Air Force basic research program. The AFOSR reports to the Air Force Research Laboratory with headquarters at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
Dr. Carlson has served as Director of the Ionospheric Research Department at the Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory, as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, and as Deputy Division Director and Chief Scientist for the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory that is now part of the Air Force Research Laboratory. While at the NSF, Carlson created a new national program office, the Upper Atmospheric Research Facilities, as well as several national and international programs while at the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory. He has served on and chaired scientific advisory boards and long-range planning committees for industry, academia, the Air Force, Department of Defense, the NSF, NASA, the U.S. Academy of Sciences and other U.S. federal agencies.
Dr. Carlson is internationally recognized for research in upper atmospheric and space sciences. He has written approximately 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, is cited in more than 1,600 reviewed publications, and lectures regularly at international symposia. He is an elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, and a fellow of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Royal Astronomical Society in London. Since 1971, Carlson has served as an adjunct professor and thesis adviser to 10 doctoral students at universities in the United States, France, Norway and Sweden. In 2003, he was selected to receive the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the first year these awards were presented to members of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives.
EDUCATION
1959 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, The Cooper Union, New York, N.Y.
1962 Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
1965 Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 1959 - 1962, electrical engineer, Fellowship Program, General Electric Light Military Electronics Division, Ithaca, N.Y.
2. 1965 - 1969, research associate, Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory, Arecibo, Puerto Rico
3. 1969 - 1970, research associate, sabbatical, Rice University, Houston, Texas
4. 1970 - 1970, research associate, sabbatical, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
5. 1970 - 1973, senior research associate, Head Ionospheric Department, Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory, Arecibo, Puerto Rico
6. 1973 - 1977, research scientist, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas
7. 1977 - 1979, Program Director for Aeronomy, National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.
8. 1979 - 1981, Program Manager, Upper Atmospheric Research Facilities, National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.
9. 1981 - 1988, Chief, Ionospheric Effects Branch, Air Force Geophysics Laboratory, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
10. 1988 - 1992, acting Chief Scientist, later, Deputy Division Director, Air Force Geophysics Laboratory, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
11. 1992 - 1996, Deputy Chief Scientist, Geophysics Directorate, Phillips Laboratory, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
12. 1996 - 1997, Chief Scientist, Geophysics Directorate, Phillips Laboratory, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
13. 1998 - present, Chief Scientist, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, Va.
AWARDS AND HONORS
1975 NASA scientific achievement awards for satellite programs
1980 National Science Foundation scientific achievement awards for radars program
1986 International Who's Who in Science
1987 Scientific achievement awards for rocket program, Air Force Geophysics Laboratory
1990 Marcus D. O'Day Award for best laboratory research publication
1990 First draft, AFOSR Star Team leader
1990 Gunther Loeser Award: Highest Research Career Award
1993 Nominee, Harold Brown Award, Phillips Laboratory
1994 Fellow and founding selectee, Phillips Laboratory
1998 Fellow, Air Force Research Laboratory
1998 Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award
2003 Meritorious Presidential Rank Award
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Former member, National Academy of Sciences CSTR Panel
Former member, U.S. Commission G of USRI Executive Committee
Former member, Subcommittee for Atmospheric Research, National CAO
Former official U.S. delegate to URSI International Assembly
Former member, National CAS Stratospheric Working Group subcommittees
Former member, Military Space Systems Technology Model Environment Panel
Former chairman, Air Force Geophysics Laboratory Civilian Policy Board
Former co-chair, Worldwide Ionospheric - Thermospheric Study International Steering Committee
Former member, Foreign Assessment of Scientific Achievement and Capability Panel
Former principal Air Force servicemember, Department of Defense Laboratory Infrastructure Capability Study (chair for Tri-service)
Former senior Air Force representative, Defense Technology Area Plan, Battlespace Environment
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Technical Committee and chair, AIAA and ANSI Standard Ref. Ionosphere Models
USA scientific discipline representative, Scientific Committee on Solar Terrestrial Physics
Federal agency review boards and panels, AFOSR, ONR, NASA, NSF and Canada
American Geophysical Union
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
International Scientific Radio Union USA, commissions G and H
2001 - 2001, acting chair, Air Force Research Laboratory Research Council

 

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