Keynote Speaker & Plenary Speakers


Dr. David Lambert
Air Force Research Laboratory, USA

Dr. David E. Lambert Bio:

Dr. David E. Lambert, a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is the Chief Scientist, Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He serves as the principal scientific and technical advisor to the director and is the primary authority for technical content of the directorate’s science and technology portfolio. The Munitions Directorate leads the discovery, development, integration and transition of conventional weapon science and technology portfolio for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. The directorate consists of a staff of more than 800 military, civilian and contracted professionals pursuing a wide variety of research and development efforts in energetic materials, fuzes, warheads, missile seekers, guidance, navigation and control, weapon airframes, assessment methodology, and the integration of these technologies into weapon concepts and development programs.

Dr. Lambert began his Department of Defense civilian service career in 1985 as a Cooperative Education intern. His technical background is applied research in detonation physics, focused energy warheads, penetration mechanics, and advanced integrated ordnance concepts. He has co-authored more than 130 papers and proceedings in journals and proceedings.

Dr. Lambert is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Air Force Research Laboratory. He has served in various leadership positions in technical communities, including the International Ballistics Society, Hypervelocity Impact Society, Aeroballistics Range Association, and Joint Munitions Programs under Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). Dr. Lambert is currently the Chair of the Kinetic Weapons Community of Interest of Reliance 21 under OUSD (R&E) and is the U.S. Air Force Representative to the Weapons Panel of The Technical Cooperation Program. He holds board of director and advisory positions with academia and non-profit organizations.

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

Talk Title:
Department of the Air Force FY25 Science & Technology Overview

Abstract: This presentation will provide an overview of the Department of the Air Force science and technology prioritization process, technology priorities, and resourcing for the fiscal year 2025.

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.

Dr. Deepak Sherlekar
Synopsys, USA

Talk Title:
Silicon Photonics and the Emergence of Optical Interconnects

The design of re-usable on-chip and inter-chip connections for use by leading chip design companies are significant areas of focus in the Silicon IP division of Synopsys. This talk will provide an overview of emerging trends in the move to photonics to address demands for higher speed and lower power consumption.


Dr. Deepak Sherlekar is an Engineering Fellow in the Silicon IP division of Synopsys. His present work focuses on co-optimizing emerging semiconductor processes with circuit design and chip design automation tools. He is engaged with leading foundries in optimization of 18 Angstrom to 14 Angstrom semiconductor nodes targeted for volume production in 2025 and beyond.

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.


Dr. Amanda Bullock
AI Lead, Air Force Research Laboratory, USA

Talk Title:
The Exception to the Rule: How I Turned Being an Outlier into a Career in AI Innovation

Join me as I share my unconventional journey from academia to AI Lead, highlighting how being an outlier in my fields became a strength. I’ll discuss career development, leadership, and empowering others in STEM, including insights on turning perceived weaknesses into opportunities for innovation and success.

Dr. Amanda Bullock Bio:

Dr. Amanda Bullock is an AI Lead at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), driving digital transformation and innovation in AI, machine learning, and advanced analytics. She holds a BS in Statistics from Eastern Kentucky University, an MS in Applied Statistics from Wright State University, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) with a specialization in Statistical Signal Processing.

Amanda has a strong background in academia, having taught at Wright State University, Central State University, and AFIT, and has held various roles in government, including Project Engineer for the LEGACY program, Lead of the Enterprise Architecture Modeling team, and AFRL Deputy Chief Data Officer. Her research interests include Enterprise Architecture, STEM education, Advanced Analytics, AI, Machine Learning, and Signal Processing.


Dr. Elisabetta Jerome
Technical Advisor, Armament and Weapons Test and Evaluation, Eglin Air Force, USA

Talk Title:
STEM Careers: Key to Our National Security

STEM is the key to insuring our current and future technological edge over near peer adversaries. This talk will discuss possible programs and ideas, to help encourage more young people to pursue STEM careers and ensure that the next generation of STEM professionals is diverse, talented, and prepared to tackle the challenges of the future.

Dr. Elisabetta L. Jerome Bio:

Dr. Elisabetta L. “Betta” Jerome, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Technical Advisor, Armament and Weapons Test and Evaluation, Eglin Air Force, Florida. She is the senior technical advisor to the Air Force Test Center Commander and serves as the senior Air Force technical advisor and national/international authority in armament and weapons test and evaluation. Dr Jerome also has responsibility for providing technical advice and guidance to the highest levels of the Air Force, the DoD, as well as nationally-important conventional weapon system development efforts with regard to test infrastructure, test capabilities and best practices, modeling and simulation, and interpretation of test results.

Dr. Jerome worked in private industry for the first 27 years of her career. During this time, she provided technical guidance and subject matter expertise in the areas of structural analysis, penetration mechanics, and all aspects of conventional weapons test and evaluation and lethal effects. Dr. Jerome joined civil service in 2010 as the subject matter expert for air-delivered conventional weapon system lethality for the Armament Directorate at Eglin AFB, Florida. In this capacity, she provided authoritative technical direction in the areas of conventional weapons technology, weapons effects, and contributions towards the resolution of complex technical problems for the broader Eglin weapons acquisition community. Dr. Jerome was appointed a senior level
executive in April 2014.