Dr. William M. Roquemore, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is senior scientist for combustion, Propulsion Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He serves as the senior research scientist and independent researcher in the field of air-breathing combustion, diagnostics and fuels technologies. He conceives, plans and advocates major research and development activities. He consults with the director of propulsion, the division chiefs and staff concerning the total reach program and its results. Roquemore monitors and guides the quality of scientific and technical resources. He provides expert technical consultation to Air Force organizations, Department of Defense and other government agencies, and to universities and industry.
Roquemore entered federal service in 1963 and has held various technical leadership positions in airbreathing propulsion. As team leader in the Fuels Branch, he pioneered the development and application of laser diagnostic techniques to study practical combustion flow. He used the techniques to establish a database for developing and evaluating combustor design models. As the technical director of the Combustion Branch, he led the development of a revolutionary gas turbine combustor, the trapped vortex combustor.
Roquemore has received patents for VTOL landing site preparation, fiber-optical thermoetry and trapped vortex combustor. He has written or co-written more than 160 publications on laser combustion diagnostics, and fundamental combustion and fuels.
1963 Bachelor of science degree in physics, Auburn University
1969 Master of science degree in physics, University of Dayton
1973 Doctor of philosophy in physics, University of Cincinnati
1. 1963 - 1973, project engineer on rapid-site preparation for vertical take-off and landing aircraft, Support Techniques Branch, Aero Propulsion Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
2. 1974 - 1985, team leader for advanced laser diagnostics techniques and combustion modeling, Fuels Branch, Aero Propulsion and Power Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
3. 1986 - 1996, technical director, Fuels and Combustion Branch, Aero Propulsion and Power Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
4. 1997 - 1999, technical director, Combustion Branch, Propulsion Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
5. 2000 - present, senior scientist for combustion, Propulsion Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
AWARDS AND HONORS
1986 Engineering and Scientist Award, Engineering and Science Foundation of Dayton
1989 Wright Laboratory Fellow
1991 Science and Technology Achievement Award, Air Force Systems Command
1995 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
1996 Associate fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
1991 - 1995 and 1996 - 1998 Star Team, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
1985, 1977, 1997 Heron Award
1999 Fellow, AIAA
2000 Air Force Science and Engineering Award for research manager
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Physical Society
The Combustion Institute
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Sigma Pi Sigma (Honorary physics fraternity)