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Werner Dahm

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Biography

Werner J.A. Dahm has since 2010 been the ASU Foundation Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Arizona State University, where he leads the Laboratory for Turbulence and Combustion, and is the Founding Director and Chief Scientist of the Security and Defense Systems Initiative at ASU. He is also Emeritus Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he was on the engineering faculty for 25 years.

Previously he was the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force in Headquarters Air Force, serving in the Pentagon as the direct science and technology advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force Chief of Staff.  As the Air Force’s Chief Scientist he led development of “Technology Horizons”, a major Headquarters-level document that identifies the key science and technology focus areas for the U.S. Air Force during 2010-2030. 

He has served on the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) continuously since 2005, including as Chair of the Board from 2014-2017, and on numerous task forces of the Defense Science Board and as a past member of the Defense Science Study Group at the Institute for Defense Analyses. He also serves on advisory boards for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and NASA, and in numerous defense-related reviews and advisory roles.

The Air Force awarded him the Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service – the highest honor it can bestow on a civilian Air Force employee – for his service as the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force, and also awarded him the Secretary of the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award – the highest honor it can bestow
on a non-employee civilian – for his service as the Chair of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Dahm is a Fellow of the American Physical Society in the Division of Fluid Dynamics, a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, recipient of the William F. Ballhaus Aeronautics Prize from Caltech, the 1938E Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Michigan, the George J. Huebner Research Excellence Award from the University of Michigan, and the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

He is an author of over 200 refereed technical articles, conference papers, and technical publications, a holder of six U.S. and international patents, and has given over 260 technical presentations, including over 190 invited, plenary, and keynote lectures worldwide, on topics dealing with mechanical and aerospace engineering and defense science.  He has also founded and served on the boards of two technology-oriented entrepreneurial companies, on technical advisory and organizational committees for numerous technical conferences, and as a consultant for industry.

He received his Ph.D. degree in Aeronautics from Caltech in 1985, and previously worked as a Research Engineer at the USAF Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC).  He also has an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Education

Ph.D.   Aeronautics                    California Institute of Technology         1985

M.S.     Mechanical Engineering    University of Tennessee Space Institute            1981

B.S.E.  Mechanical Engineering    University of Alabama in Huntsville      1978

Research Interests

Fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, turbulent flow, turbulence modeling, combustion science, propulsion, advanced propulsion systems, defense science and technology, science and technology assessments/planning.

Research Activity
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-AEEThe ASU Experience
AEE 463Aircraft Propulsion
AEE 465Rocket Propulsion
MAE 563Aircraft Propulsion
MAE 565Rocket Propulsion
MAE 599Thesis
MAE 792Research
MAE 795Continuing Registration
MAE 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 598Special Topics
MAE 599Thesis
MAE 792Research
MAE 795Continuing Registration
MAE 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-AEEThe ASU Experience
AEE 463Aircraft Propulsion
MAE 563Aircraft Propulsion
MAE 599Thesis
MAE 792Research
MAE 795Continuing Registration
MAE 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 493Honors Thesis
MAE 575Turbulence
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 598Special Topics
MAE 599Thesis
MAE 792Research
MAE 795Continuing Registration
MAE 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-AEEThe ASU Experience
AEE 463Aircraft Propulsion
MAE 492Honors Directed Study
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 598Special Topics
MAE 599Thesis
MAE 792Research
MAE 795Continuing Registration
MAE 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 575Turbulence
MAE 592Research
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-AEEThe ASU Experience
AEE 463Aircraft Propulsion
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 598Special Topics
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 575Turbulence
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-AEEThe ASU Experience
AEE 463Aircraft Propulsion
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 598Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
Honors / Awards

·   Founding Director and Chief Scientist, Security & Defense Systems Initiative (SDSI) – Arizona State University

·   ASU Foundation Professor of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering – Arizona State University

·   Chair, U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) – Air Force Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

·   Former Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force (AF/ST) – Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 

·   Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service – United States Air Force

·   Emeritus Professor of Aerospace Engineering – The University of Michigan

·   Fellow – American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA)

·   Fellow – American Physical Society (APS), Division of Fluid Dynamics

·   Former Consultant, Defense Science Board (DSB) – Defense Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

·   Editorial Advisory Board, AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power

·   Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award – United States Air Force

·   George J. Huebner Research Excellence Award – The University of Michigan

·   1938E Distinguished Achievement Award – The University of Michigan

·   William F. Ballhaus Aeronautics Prize – Caltech

·   Donald Wills Douglas Prize Fellowship – Caltech

Editorships

Editorial Advisory Board, AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power

Professional Associations
  1. Member and Fellow, American Physical Society (APS), Division of Fluid Dynamics.
  2. Member and Fellow – American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), Propellants and Combustion.
  3. Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
  4. Member, American Helicopter Society (AHS)
  5. Member, Combustion Institute.
  6. Member, Air Force Association (AFA).
Work History

Founding Director and Chief Scientist, Security & Defense Systems Initiative (SDSI), Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

·   October 2010 – present.

 ASU Foundation Professor, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, AZ.

·   October 2010 – present.

Chair, U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), Headquarters Air Force,
Air Force Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

·   October 2014 – October 2017.

Member, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Directorate Review Committee, Livermore, CA.

·   October 2015 – present.

Member, Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group (ISTEG), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Washington, DC.

·   August 2015 – present.

Member, National Research Council (NRC) Space Technology Industry-Government-University Roundtable (STIGUR), Washington, DC.

·   August 2014 – August 2017.

Chief Technical Officer, ASU Research Enterprise (ASURE), Scottsdale, AZ.

·   January 2014 – June 2015.

Founding President and CEO, ASU Research Enterprise (ASURE), Scottsdale, AZ.

·   June 2012 – January 2014.

Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force (AF/ST), Office of the Secretary of the Air Force and Air Force Chief of Staff, Air Force Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

·   October 2008 – October 2010.

Editorial Advisory Board Member, Journal of Propulsion and Power, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Washington, D.C.

·   July 2018 – present.

Faculty Member; Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of  Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

·   Professor, May 1997 – October 2010

·   Associate Professor, May 1991 – April 1997.

·   Assistant Professor, June 1985 - May 1991.

Member, U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), Headquarters Air Force,
Air Force Pentagon, Air Force Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

·   Vice Chair, “Maintaining Technology Superiority for the USAF” Study, 2017.

·   Chair, U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), 2014-2017.

·   Member, S&T Review of AFRL Special Programs, 2016.

·   Member, S&T Review of Air Force Office of Scientific Research, 2016.

·   Member, S&T Review of AFRL Information Directorate, 2015.

·   Member, S&T Review of AFRL Special Programs, 2014.

·   Member, S&T Review of AFRL Sensors Directorate, 2014.

·   Member, “Technology Readiness for Hypersonic Vehicles” Study, 2014.

·   Chair, S&T Review of AFRL Munitions Directorate, 2013.

·   Vice Chair, S&T Review of AFRL Directed Energy Directorate, 2013.

·   Chair, “Cyber Situational Awareness” Study, 2011-2012.

·   Chair, S&T Review of Air Force Office of Scientific Research, 2012.

·   Member, S&T Review of AFRL Munitions Directorate, 2011.

·   Member, S&T Review of AFRL Air Vehicles Directorate, 2011.

·   Member, “Munitions for the 2025+ Environment” Study, 2011.

·   Member, SAB Steering Committee, 2008-2010.

·   Member, SAB Senior Review Group, 2008-2010.

·   Chair, “Implications of Spectrum Management” Study, 2007-2008.

·   Chair, S&T Review of AFRL Air Vehicles Directorate, 2007.

·   Member, S&T Review of Air Force Office of Scientific Research, 2007.

·   Chair, “Thermal Management Technology Solutions” Study, 2006-2007.

·   Chair, S&T Review of AFRL Propulsion Directorate, 2006.

·   Member, “System-Level Experimentation” Study, 2006.

·   Member, “Improved Air Vehicle Fuel Efficiency” Study, 2005-2006.

·   Member, S&T Review of AFRL Air Vehicles Directorate, 2005.    

Chair, After-Action Review for DARPA High-Frequency Research (DHFR) Serial #1 Spacecraft, Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), Utah State University, 2018.=

Chair, Business Modernization Workshop, Air Force S&T Strategy 2030, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Arizona State University, 2018.

Consultant; Defense Science Board (DSB), Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics), Defense Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

·   21st Century Defense Technology Task Force, 1999.

·   Joint Operations Superiority in the 21st Century Task Force, 1998.

·   Joint Advanced Strike Technology (JAST) Task Force, 1994.

·   Tactical Air Warfare (TAW) Task Force, 1993.

Member; Defense Science Study Group (DSSG), Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), Alexandria, VA. 1989-1991.

Consultant; Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, Seattle, WA, 2018 – present.

Consultant; Susman Godfrey LLP, Houston, TX, 2017 – present.

Consultant; LeClair Ryan, San Francisco, CA, 2015 – 2016.

Consultant; Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria, VA, 1989 – 2010.

Consultant; Advanced Projects Research, Inc., La Verne, CA, 2005 – 2008.

Consultant; Southwest Sciences, Inc., Santa Fe, NM, 2001 – 2008.

Consultant; Praxair Inc., Tonawanda, NY and Indianapolis, IN, 1994 – present.

Consultant; Carlson, Gaskey & Olds, Birmingham, MI, Dec. 2004 – 2005.

Consultant; Powerix Technologies, Ann Arbor, MI, 2004 – 2005.

Consultant; NGB Technologies, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, 1993 – 2004.

Consultant; Williams International, Walled Lake, MI, 2001 – 2003.

Consultant; Young & Basile, P.C., Ann Arbor, MI, Nov. 1997 – 2003.

Consultant; Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, Cleveland, OH, Nov. 1998 – 2002.

Consultant; John Zink Company, Tulsa, OK, 1997 – 1999.

Consultant; North American Mfg. Co., Cleveland, OH, 1996 – 1998.

Consultant; Energy & Environ. Research Corp. (EERC), Irvine, CA, 1991 – 1993.

Research Engineer, Calspan Corporation and ARO Inc., Propulsion Wind Tunnel Facility (PWT), USAF Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC), Tullahoma, TN, January 1980 - May 1981.

Research/Teaching Assistant, Aeronautics Department, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, September 1981 - May 1985.

Research Assistant, University of Tennessee Space Institute / USAF Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC), Propulsion Wind Tunnel Facility (PWT), Tullahoma, TN, January 1979 - December 1979.

Research Assistant, US Army Redstone Arsenal / University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, September 1977 - November 1978.