Maj David Lewis, Ph.D., USAF




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DARPA, Defense Sciences Office (DSO)

Maj David Lewis, Ph.D., USAF

Major C. David Lewis joined DARPA as a Program Manager in the Defense Sciences Office (DSO) in January 2018. Trained as an officer and physicist, Maj. Lewis is interested in applying the forefront of fundamental physics in unique ways to DoD challenges using the disciplines of quantum mechanics, space and plasmas, and gravitational physics.


Prior to his appointment at DARPA, Maj. Lewis served as an assistant professor of physics at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in the applied physics program. There he taught core Ph.D. and M.S. physics courses, served as student division chief, and helped oversee the successful graduation of more than 60 officers and civilians. Maj Lewis has also had assignments to Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Sensors Directorate.


His experience includes work in directed energy, offensive countering weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) technologies, hypersonics, quantum algorithms, electronic warfare, and special programs.


Major Lewis graduated with a Bachelor of Science in physics and a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Duke University in 2005. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in physics at the Air Force Institute of Technology in 2011.