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Dr. Greg Zacharias is the current Chief Scientist of the United States Air Force. The position of the Chief Scientist was created over 60 years ago to provide independent scientific advice to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, as well as to its senior leadership. In this role, he works with the top scientists and engineers within the Air Force as well as in academia, industry, and the other armed services to ensure that the Air Force's research and development efforts remain relevant and effective. Additionally, as the Chief Scientist he responds to any tasking from the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force Chief of Staff on issues or opportunities of a scientific and technical nature that may arise. He also interacts with other services and the Office of the Secretary of Defense on issues affecting the Air Force in-house technical enterprise. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He is the principal science and technology representative of the Air Force to the civilian scientific and engineering community and to the public at large.


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In 1967, Zacharias graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics. In 1974, he earned a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Instrumentation, Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977.


From 1983 to 2015, Dr. Zacharias served as first Vice President and then President of Charles River Analytics, a research and development company that he co-founded and that applies computational intelligence technologies to develop mission-relevant tools and solutions to transform customers' data into knowledge that drives accurate assessment and robust decision-making.

Dr. Zacharias served on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board for eight years, contributing to nine summer studies, most recently chairing a study on “Operating Next-Generation Remotely Piloted Aircraft for Irregular Warfare.”. He also chaired the Human System Wing Advisory Group, was a member of Air Combat Command’s Advisory Group, and served as a technical program reviewer for the Air Force Research Laboratory (in Human Effectiveness and Information Systems). He was a member of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Human Factors (now the Committee on Human-Systems Integration) for over ten years, supporting a number of NRC studies including one for Defense Modeling and Simulation Office evaluating the state-of-the-art in military human behavior models, and co-chairing a follow-up study entitled “Organizational Models: from Individuals to Societies,” which presents a roadmap for future DoD science and technology investments in this area. He has served on the DoD Human Systems Technology Area Review and Assessment (TARA) Panel.


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