Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speaker

David Lambert
Air Force Research Laboratory

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Plenary Speaker

David L. Robie
General Atomics – Electromagnetic Systems Inc.

David Lambert Bio:

Dr. Lambert serves as the principal scientific and technical advisor to the director and is the primary authority for the technical content of the directorate’s science and technology portfolio. The Munitions Directorate leads the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting conventional air-launched weapon technologies for the USAF. The directorate consists of a staff of more than 600 military, civilian, and contracted professionals pursuing a wide variety of research and development efforts in energetic and explosives, fuzes, warheads, missile seekers, guidance, navigation and control, weapon airframes, assessment methodology, and the integration of these into weapon systems.

Dr. Lambert has over 32 years in AF S&T with main emphasis in air-launched kinetic weapons. He has served on Board of Director and various leadership roles for the International Ballistics Society, Hypervelocity Impact Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was recognized in 2011 as an esteemed Technical Fellow of Air Force Research Laboratory and in 2018 was awarded Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Dr. Lambert earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Florida State University, a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics, University of Florida.

David L. Robie Bio:

Dr. Dave Robie is the Director, Advanced Systems at General Atomics – Electromagnetic Systems Incorporated. He is responsible for numerous Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems for air and space and advance weapons to include High Power Microwaves and Small Unmanned Air Systems. In this position, Dr. Robie supports both the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community.
Prior to joining General Atomics, Dr. Robie served as Air Combat Command’s (ACC) Highly Qualified Expert for Science and Technology where he assisted the ACC Commander in developing and executing a comprehensive strategy for the deployment of advanced weapon systems. He also served as the Chairman of the Directed Energy (DE) Action Group and Director of the DE Senior Advisory Group.

Dr. Robie retired after 30 years of military service, including Active Duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves. He held numerous positions to include C-130 Flight Examiner Aircraft Commander, Director of the DE Task Force and Senior Reservist at the Air Force Research Labs DE Directorate. Over his extensive flying career, Dr. Robie accumulated thousands of flight hours in eight different aircraft.
Dr Robie earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, with major areas of research and interest including, Digital Signal and Image Processing, Hyperspectral Imaging, Synthetic Aperture Radar, Digital Communications, High Energy Lasers, High Power RF and Photonics. During his R&D career, Dr. Robie has conducted research and supported technology transition at Booz Allen Hamilton, the Air Force Research Lab and Air Combat Command. He is the author of numerous publications and most recently completed the Directed Energy Net Assessment and ACC’s Directed Energy Weapons Enabling Concept.
Dr. Robie currently resides in San Diego, CA with his wife and children.


Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
Master of Science, Electrical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
Doctorate of Philosophy, Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology


Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Plenary Speaker

Vladimir M. Shalaev
Purdue University


David L. Stringer
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Vladimir M. Shalaev Bio:

Vladimir M. Shalaev, Scientific Director for Nanophotonics at Birck Nanotechnology Center and Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, specializes in nanophotonics, plasmonics, and optical metamaterials. Vladimir M. Shalaev has received several awards for his research in the field of nanophotonics and metamaterials, including the Max Born Award of the Optical Society of America for his pioneering contributions to the field of optical metamaterials, the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics, IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, Rolf Landauer medal of the ETOPIM (Electrical, Transport and Optical Properties of Inhomogeneous Media) International Association, the UNESCO Medal for the development of nanosciences and nanotechnologies, OSA and SPIE Goodman Book Writing Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, APS, SPIE, MRS and OSA. Prof. Shalaev has authored three books, thirty invited book chapters and over 600 research publications.

David L. Stringer Bio:

David L. Stringer is director of Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, a 6,400 acre remote test site 50 miles west of Cleveland, for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Appointed to this position on February 18, 2007, Stringer synchronizes activities at the world-class installation to support critical research and development for NASA, the Department of Defense and commercial industry to advance space exploration and global aeronautic leadership.

Stringer retired from the United States Air Force on January 1, 2007, as a Brigadier General. He was the first maintenance officer assigned to the 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron, which flew three types of Soviet aircraft to prepare American aircrews for combat. Stringer commanded a squadron in England and a group in Italy before his final assignment as commander, Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee. He was stationed six times overseas for a total of 12 years and supported the 1995 air war over Bosnia as well as the 1999 Kosovo War in the Balkans.

Stringer holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts in history from the University of Alabama. He was one of 12 selected annually in the Department of Defense to attend Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as a National Security Fellow.

Stringer is a published author, cited in numerous professional publications and journals, including the Wall Street Journal and Aviation Week and Space Technology. His awards include the University of Alabama’s award for research and writing and many defense awards.