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Dr. Janet S. Fender:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Janet S. Fender, a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, serves as the Scientific Adviser to the Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va. The Air Combat Command is the main provider of combat air forces to America?s unified combatant commands. ACC flies fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, battle-management, electronic-combat and rescue aircraft. It also provides command, control, communications and intelligence systems, and conducts information operations. As a force provider, ACC organizes, trains, equips and maintains combat-ready forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime air defense.
In her previous position at the Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M., Dr. Fender served as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Director to guide research, development and transition of space and ballistic missile technologies for the U.S. Air Force. The 800-person directorate focuses on leading-edge space concepts, technologies and demonstrations supporting surveillance, space operations and force projection for the Air Force and the Department of Defense.
Dr. Fender established the Air Force Center of Excellence for Imaging and Optical Sensing technologies. Internationally recognized for research and the development of innovative high-resolution imaging technologies, Dr. Fender holds several U.S. patents. She has published more than 45 technical articles and is a frequently invited speaker at technical conferences. She was selected as the U.S. member of the United Nations Space Surveillance Expert Group establishing international policy for arms control in space. Dr. Fender is past president of the Optical Society of America, and she is a fellow of both the Optical Society of America and the International Society for Optical Engineering. In addition, she serves as an expert technical advisor for the National Science Foundation.
1974 Bachelor of Science degree in physics and astronomy, University of Oklahoma
1978 Master of Science degree in optical sciences, University of Arizona
1981 Doctor of philosophy degree in optical sciences, University of Arizona
1997 Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
1. 1974 - 1975, member, Astronomical Research Staff, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, Ariz.
2. 1976 - 1976, research physicist, Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, N.C.
3. 1981 - 1984, optical research physicist, Optical Analysis Group, Laser Beam Control Branch, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
4. 1984 - 1990, Chief and Senior Scientist, Optical Phased Array Branch, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M. (1986 - 1989, New Mexico Governor's Technical Advisory Committee)
5. 1990 - 1991, Chief and Senior Scientist, Advanced Technology Imaging Branch, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
6. 1991 - 1993, Chief and Senior Scientist, Advanced Technology Imaging Division, Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
7. 1993 - 1997, Technical Director, and Scientific and Technical Senior Scientist, Optical Sensing Division, Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M. (1994 - 1997, U.S. expert to the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland)
8. 1997 - 2003, Chief Scientist, Space Vehicles Directorate, AFRL, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
9. 2003 - present, Scientific Adviser to the Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
1972 Sigma Pi Sigma (National Physics Honor Society)
1983 - 1985 Gold, Silver, Bronze Corporate Cup athletic medals
1984 Air Force Scientific Achievement Award
1986 - 1989 New Mexico gubernatorial appointee, Governor's Technical Advisory Committee
1987 American Defense Preparedness Association Crozier Prize
1987 Coty Most Extraordinary American Woman of the Year
1987 Air Force candidate for Department of Defense Woman Scientist of the Year
1990 New Mexico Federal Woman of the Year
1994 Who's Who Worldwide, Science and Engineering, Fourth Edition
1994 Coyote Classic Rally Navigator Award
2000 International Commission on Optics Recognition Award
2001 Special Act Award, U.S. Air Force
Board of Directors, Optical Society of America
Board of Directors, International Society of Optical Engineering
Board of Directors, American Institute of Physics
Physics Laboratory, National Institute of Science and Technology
Board of Assessments, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers


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