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Joe Sciabica:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Selected for reassignment as Director, Sensors, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Joe Sciabica, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Associate Director for Space Technology at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. He is the principal executive within the Air Force Research Laboratory responsible for integration of space technologies throughout Department of Defense science and technology activities. He oversees an annual budget of $266 million and directs the activities of more than 570 military and civilian scientists, engineers, support and administrative personnel. As the Chair of the Space Technology Alliance and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Director, Defense Research and Engineering, Defense Technology Area Plan Space Panel Committee, he provides the executive leadership required to infuse space technologies throughout DoD into the U.S. industrial base to meet future defense needs.
Mr. Sciabica began his career with the Air Force in 1982 at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory where he worked in the Nozzle Technology Section. There he led the development of innovative lightweight rocket nozzle exit cones and the application of computed tomography for the Small Intercontinental Ballistic Missile and Peacekeeper missile systems. He was responsible for the Small ICBM solid rocket nozzle and exit cone ground-testing program. He transitioned from developing technologies for ballistic missiles to leading the development of lightweight composite structures for space systems. Mr. Sciabica led research work on embedding sensors and actuators into the thin-walled composite tubes. These embedded sensors are now used to assess the health of a structure, control its shape, or dampen out vibration modes. Mr. Sciabica has held various leadership positions in the Air Force Laboratory system and at Headquarters Air Force for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College and the National War College. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2003.
EDUCATION
1979 Associate of Arts degree, Physical Science, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, California
1982 Bachelor of Science degree, Chemical Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara
1986 Master of Science degree, Systems Management, University of Southern California Edwards Air Force Base Satellite Campus
2000 Master of Science degree, National Security Strategy, National War College, Fort McNair, Virginia
CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. September 1982 - February 1988, mechanical engineer, program manager, Nozzle Technology Section, Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Edwards Air Force Base, California
2. February 1988 - April 1989, mechanical engineer, program manager, Air Force Astronautics Laboratory, Edwards AFB, California
3. April 1989 - January 1991, Space Technology Plans Officer, Air Force Astronautics Laboratory, Edwards AFB, California
4. January 1991 - March 1996, Chief, Spacecraft Technology Plans Division, Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
5. April 1996 - July 1997, Chief, Projects Division, Space Experiments Directorate, Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
6. July 1997 - Feb 1998, Deputy, Integrated Experiments and Structures Division, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
7. March 1998 - July 1999, Chief, Integration and Operations Division, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
8. August 1999 - June 2000, student, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington D.C
9. June 2000 - June 2001, senior engineer, Future Technology Integration, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington D.C.
10. July 2001 - April 2003, Deputy Director, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
11. April 2003 - present, Associate Director for Space Technology, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
AWARDS AND HONORS
1987 Federal Executive Board of Los Angeles, Nominated for Outstanding Professional
1991 Certificate of Recognition from Joint Army Navy NASA Air Force Chemical Propulsion Information Agency Executive Committee
1993 Letter of Commendation from Phillips Laboratory
1997 Outstanding Senior S&E of the year for Space Experiments Directorate, Phillips Laboratory
1999 Special Act/Service Award from the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate
2000 Acquisition Corps Member
2001 Letter of Commendation from Headquarters Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
National War College Alumni Association
Defense Systems Management College Alumni Association
Defense Leadership and Management Program
Air Force Association
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Test and Evaluation, Level I
Program Management, Level II
Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, Level III

 

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