Dr. David Van Wie

Dr. David Van WieDr. David Van Wie became the Mission Area Executive for the Precision Strike Mission Area of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory on June 27, 2014. Dr. Van Wie is responsible for strategic planning, execution, and performance of approximately $100M in annual funding in programs addressing integrated strike, air dominance, and electronic attack. As the nation’s largest University Affiliated Research Center, APL performs research and development on behalf of the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, National Aeronautics Space Administration, and other federal agencies. The Laboratory has more than 5,000 staff members who are making critical contributions to a wide variety of nationally and globally significant technical and scientific challenges.

Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Van Wie served as the Chief Technology Officer for the mission area focusing on technology development supporting asymmetric multi-domain system concepts for use in Anti-Access/Area-Denial (A2/AD) environments. He also served on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board where he led a science and technology quality review of the Air Force Research Laboratory and conducted studies on advanced weapons, virtual training, and space launch vehicles. Dr. Van Wie has served on National Academies studies addressing a wide range of complex topics such as Conventional Prompt Global Strike, Civil Aeronautics, Future Air Force Needs for Survivability, Boost-Phase Missile Defense, Reusable Booster Systems, and Air Force Development Planning.

Dr. Van Wie is an active member of the U.S. science and technology community, and has published more than 140 papers in the fields of high-temperature fluid dynamics, plasma aerodynamics, and hypersonic airbreathing propulsion systems. He holds a research faculty position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, and is currently serving on the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Academies National Research Council. Dr. Van Wie is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Dr. Van Wie has lectured extensively in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland in the areas of hypersonics, fluid dynamics, and space propulsion. He has been recognized for sustained contributions by the Joint Army, Navy, NASA, and Air Force Airbreathing Propulsion Subcommittee, and is a recipient of the Air Force Award for Meritorious Civilian Service.

Dr. Van Wie earned his Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Laude), Master of Science, and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland, as well as a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.