Levis Appointed Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force

Posted: November 15, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

Alexander Levis, University Professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering, and head of the System Architectures Laboratory of the Center for Excellence in Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I), was appointed chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force. He will be on leave from George Mason for the two-year term of his appointment.

In this new role, Levis provides independent, objective, and technical advice primarily to the Air Force chief of staff, the secretary of the Air Force, and to senior leadership. He serves as a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Steering Committee and chair of the Air Force’s chief scientists’ group. Levis has held several appointments as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board since 1990.

Levis says the events of Sept.11 have added new dimensions to the work of the chief scientist. He is actively involved in expediting the transitioning of technologies that can be of use to the U.S. effort against terrorism directly to the operational users.

The position of the Air Force chief scientist was created in 1950 and 30 chief scientists have held office since then. Included among them are two other members of the George Mason community, Harry Van Trees, director of C3I, and Edwin Stear, visiting research professor with the System Architectures Laboratory.

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