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John Sommerer Short Biography

Dr. John C. Sommerer has BS (summa cum laude) and MS (with honors) degrees in systems science and mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis, an MS (with honors) in applied physics from The Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in physics from the University of Maryland. He joined the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in 1978, where he contributed to the solution of image processing, search and screening, optimization, stochastic analysis, optics, fluid dynamics, nonlinear systems and threat assessment problems. He moved to APL’s Milton S. Eisenhower Research Center in 1991, becoming its Head in 1996; during his nine-year tenure as Head, the Research Center quadrupled in size. In 1999, Dr. Sommerer led the development of a new strategic plan for APL. The three initiatives resulting from that plan now account for nearly a third of APL’s activities, and for over 100% of its growth since that time. Dr. Sommerer has been APL’s Director of Science & Technology since October 1, 2005; Chief Technology Officer since October 2001; and Chair of the APL Science and Technology Council since April 2000. Dr. Sommerer manages the Laboratory’s research and development program and S&T strategy; oversees APL’s Office of Technology Transfer; oversees APL’s support of the educational programs of the University’s Whiting School of Engineering; and serves as primary technical liaison with the academic divisions of the University. Dr. Sommerer is a member of (and served a two-year term as Vice Chair of) the Naval Research Advisory Committee (reporting to the Secretary of the Navy), as well as three standing Boards or Committees of the National Research Council. He is an internationally recognized expert in nonlinear dynamics, and was named Maryland’s Distinguished Young Scientist in 1994 for his experimental and theoretical contributions to that field. He was an Advisor to the Howard County, Maryland new business incubator, NeoTech, during its formation and he served as a Director of the Jim Rouse Entrepreneurial Fund.

Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering & Applied Science, Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering

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