Keynote Speaker & Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Michael Eismann
Chief Scientist of the Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate, USA

Talk Title:
Photonics Science and Technology Trends for Future Air Force Competitiveness

This presentation explores trends in Air Force Research Laboratory emphasis in photonics science and technology resulting from a shift toward an anticipated era of great power competition. This includes an overview of basic and applied research directions along with major technological challenges to overcome.

Dr. Michael Eismann Bio:

Dr. Michael Eismann is Chief Scientist of the Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate. In this capacity, he serves as the directorate’s principal scientific and technical advisor, and is responsible for a science and technology portfolio addressing critical strategic objectives for sensing and spectrum warfare for the Department of the Air Force.

Dr. Jason Jouet
Science and Technology Management Division Chief, Air Force, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary (Science, Technology & Engineering), USA


Dr. Jason Jouet Bio:

. Jason Jouet serves as the Science and Technology Management Division Chief, SAF/AQRT. In this role, he leads team of Program Element Monitors in support of Air Force Science and Technology Budget. SAF/AQR provides the leadership, direction, policy, and resources to acquire superior systems, supplies, and services to accomplish the Air Force mission.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Jouet served as the Director of Munitions Technologies for OUSD(R&E) and Deputy Director for Manufacturing Technology in OUSD(AT&L).
Before coming to OSD, from 2001 to 2016, Dr. Jouet served as the Head of the High Energy Materials Branch and was a senior research scientist, and program manager at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division.

EDUCATION: Dr. Jouet holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of Texas-Austin and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Duke University.

Dr. Jouet enjoys biking to work, racing cars, and smoking large quantities of meat.

Prof. Mário Silveirinha
Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Lisbon, Portugal

Talk Title:
Chiral Gain and Non-Hermitian Linear Electro-optic Effect

I will discuss our research on distributed transistor-metamaterials, emphasizing a unique non-Hermitian electro-optic effect arising from the Berry curvature dipole [1-3]. This effect leads to active or dissipative responses controlled by the field polarization handedness, opening avenues for advanced, nonreciprocal terahertz devices with chiral gain.

Prof. Mário G. Silveirinha Bio:

Mário G. Silveirinha is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Lisbon. He is an IEEE Fellow, and OSA Fellow and an APS Fellow. He is a member of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon.

Workforce Development Speaker

Dr. Timothy Bunning
Air Force Research Laboratory, USA

Talk Title:
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Workforce Development

The focus of this presentation will be on how AFRL’s Human Capital Strategy and programs are working to identify future S&T talent through K-12 Education Outreach and an Enterprise Internship Pipeline. Information on specific programs and data will be provided.

Dr. Timothy Bunning Bio:

Dr. Bunning is the Chief Technology Officer for Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). He is responsible for assisting the AFRL Commander with the planning and execution of over $5 billion for Air Force science and technology programs by a workforce of ~6000. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and is a Fellow of seven professional societies.