Douglas Dudis leads the Energy Office of the Air Force Research Laboratory. In this capacity, he serves to integrate, nurture, guide, coordinate and support the development of power-energy-thermal related technologies relevant to the Air Force, whether on aircraft, satellites, forward operating bases, ground support equipment or facilities. The Energy Office scope includes photovoltaics, new fuels, biofuels, batteries, fuel cells, advanced efficient engines, controls, with applications in facilities and infrastructure, power for austere locations, small and large aircraft, drones, satellites, specialty applications, and development of strategic vision, strategies and goals. He serves on multiple national energy-focused panels and works with multiple agencies, industries and academia. He has deep experience in chemistry, physics and materials sciences and with experience in energy technologies including thermoelectric materials and devices, thermal storage materials, fuel cells, batteries and photovoltaics, as well as substantial experience with nonlinear optical materials and corrosion. Dr. Dudis led (2010-12) the thermal energy conversion and thermal energy storage thrusts in the thermal science branch, developing new materials for critical Air Force thermal management problems from low to high temperature regimes. Dr. Dudis was the inaugural lead (2013-17) of the AFRL Corrosion Integrated Product Team (IPT) and re-invigorated S&T corrosion activities to rebuild AF corrosion expertise, spanning from fundamental research activities to flight line problem solving. This work is developing game-changing corrosion testing methodologies, atmospheric corrosion modeling, and materials simulations, and supports materials development, test, evaluation, and insertion activities.
Dr. Dudis teaches Energy Systems Engineering Management as an adjunct full professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology, and previously organized and taught the Alternative Energy Sources course at Sinclair Community College, supporting Sinclair’s development of a sustainable energy education program. He holds a B.S. (University of Dayton) and Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve University) in chemistry. Dr. Dudis was a research associate at Texas A&M University, a post-doctoral fellow at Iowa State University – DOE Ames National Laboratory, served on the faculty of the US Naval Academy (Annapolis), was a visiting scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory (in the Nobelist J. Karle group), and was a guest scientist at the University of Mons (Belgium), and recently has taken additional graduate and professional education coursework from Stanford. He has authored over 113 referred publications and given over 271 invited and contributed presentations.