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Dr. Tim Bunning

Dr. Tim Bunning

Air Force Research Laboratory
Dr. Timothy J. Bunning, a member of the Scientifi c and Professional Cadre of SeniorExecutives, is Chief Technology Offi cer, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air ForceMateriel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. As the primary scienceand technology advisor to the AFRL Commander, he is responsible for assistingwith the planning and execution of an annual $2.8 billion Air Force science andtechnology program and considerable resources executed on behalf of a variety ofcustomers. He serves as the corporate-level science and technology interface for agovernment workforce of nearly 6,000 people in the laboratory's nine technologydirectorates and 711th Human Performance Wing. Dr. Bunning joined AFRL in 1990 in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate as aPh.D. student. His research was funded through an Air Force Offi ce of Scientifi cResearch doctoral fellowship and conducted on-site within the directorate. Afterearning his doctorate and conducting post-doctoral studies at Cornell University,Ithaca, New York, he spent six years as an on-site contractor in the directoratebefore transitioning to civil service there in 1998. He has served in numerouspositions including as a bench scientist/engineer, fi rst- and second-level supervisorand research leadership positions within the directorate between 1998 and 2015when he was selected to be the directorate's Chief Scientist. He served in thatposition until his appointment as the AFRL Chief Technology Offi cer. Dr. Bunning is active in numerous technical communities and is a Fellow of AFRL, the Optical Society of America, the Society ofOptical Engineering, the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, theMaterials Research Society and the Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Division of ACS. His research interests centeron responsive optical, electro-optical and photo-optical structured organic and hybrid materials and approaches for utility inoptical sensing, laser beam control and fi ltering (modulation) applications. He has co-authored more than 300 referred papersand more than 130 proceedings, has provided editorial in several books and holds 18 patents. He is currently an adjunctprofessor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and is on the editorial boardsof several materials-centric journals.