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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Air Force Studies Board
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Dr. Joan Fuller


Telephone: 202-334-3455
Dr. Joan Fuller is the Director for the Air Force Studies Board at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. As Director, she is responsible for the management of all activities conducted under auspices of the AFSB.   Her career with the Air Force started in 1997 in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology and Engineering (SAF/AQRT). She was appointed Deputy of the Dual Use S&T Program, a congressionally mandated program totaling over $40 million per year. In addition to the Dual Use Program, she served as the Program Element Monitor for the Air Force Basic Research Sciences Program (then a $210M annual budget) and was responsible for the policy interface between the Air Force and Congress on the Basic Research Sciences Program. After almost three years of crafting S&T policy, Dr. Fuller joined AFOSR as the program manager for the high temperature materials program and for over 10 years successfully led an internationally recognized portfolio focused on materials for use at temperatures above 2000°C in oxidizing environments. In February 2010, she was asked to serve as the Interim Director for AFOSR’s Aerospace and Material Sciences Directorate (RSA). As Director, her goals were leading the discovery of science in the fields of aerospace, chemistry and material sciences and enabling the framework for the successful transition of basic research into the applied research community.