Dr. Steven Wax
From November 2012 - January 2018, Dr. Wax, served in the Senior Executive Service as Chief Scientist and Director, Chief Scientist and Innovation Department, Defense Threat Reduction Agency. There he was the principal scientific/technical advisor to the Director, Research and Development. From 1994 to 2006 he was at DARPA, including as the Deputy and ultimately Director of the Defense Science Office, whose technology purview at the time included physical sciences, materials, mathematics, human effectiveness, and the biological sciences including biological warfare defense. Dr. Wax has held several executive positions in industry and was a technology consultant specializing in defense R&D. During his Air Force career, Dr. Wax had a variety of R&D positions including at the National Reconnaissance Office and DARPA in the 1980’s. Dr. Wax has been a member of the National Materials Manufacturing Board, Sandia National Laboratory’s External Review Panel for Materials and the AFRL’s Human Effectiveness Directorate’s Independent Review Team. He was the winner of the George Kimball Burgess Memorial Award. Notable technical accomplishments include a major role in the development of the DARPA’s strategic plans for both biology and material science as well as the co-development of two material science program thrusts (Intelligent Processing of Materials and Accelerated Insertion of Materials) that have revolutionized materials processing and insertion. Dr. Wax has a PhD in Ceramic Engineering (Georgia Institute of Technology), an MS in Chemical Engineering (University of Illinois) and a BS in Chemical Engineering (University of Massachusetts.) He is a retired AF officer.