Dr. Reginald Turner

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Dr. Reginald Turner is the Associate Dean of the School of Systems and Logistics, one of four schools that make up the Air Force Institute of Technology, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Dr. Turner is responsible for the daily operations of the school, which includes executing an annual operating budget of $12.5M across three professional continuing education departments and one administrative department. These four departments develop and deliver defense-focused professional continuing education, research and consulting services in order to sustain America's Air and Space Forces technological supremacy. Dr. Turner also serves as the school’s Chief Academic Officer and assumes the responsibility for the management and professional development of over 120 faculty and staff members, to include military, civilian and contractor personnel. To this end, the school provides more than 120 resident, on-site, virtual and both synchronous and asynchronous distance learning professional continuing education courses in acquisition management, logistics, contracting, systems management, software engineering and financial management. Approximately 18,000 DoD personnel in 50 worldwide locations attend Systems and Logistics courses each year.

Dr. Turner entered the Air Force in 1993 after a distinguished tenure in the Air Force ROTC program at Tuskegee University with a degree in electrical engineering. Upon being commissioned in the Air Force Officer Corp, he was selected as a research fellow to pursue studies at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where he was awarded the master's degree, also in electrical engineering. He went on to earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Dr. Turner has a diverse professional background, which spans nearly three decades of dedicated, exemplary service. He has worked in the intelligence, research and development, and education career fields, as well as program and technical management. Dr. Turner has been recognized by The Under Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisitions as an Acquisitions Subject Matter Expert.

 

Education

1993 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee AL
1995 Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro NC
1996 Defense Systems Management College, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
1999 Defense Systems Management College, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
2000 Master of Divinity degree, United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH
2001 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
2006 Air Command and Staff College, Seminar, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
2008 Doctorate of Philosophy in electrical engineering, Air force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
2018 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

 

Experience

  1. August 1993 – June 1995, Graduate student with an emphasis on optical computing and optical networks.
  2. June 1995 – Aug 1998, Advanced Optical Processing Analyst, National Air Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  3. Aug 1998 – January 2001, Program Manager, Operations Research, Programs and Planning, Headquarters, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  4. January 2001- January 2002, Program Manager, Ground Based Laser Technology Development program, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM
  5. January 2002 – Present, Directory, Laser Effects Test Facility, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM
  6. January 2003 – Sept 2004, Deputy Branch Chief, Laser Effects Test Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM
  7. Sept 2004 – April 2007, PhD Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  8. April 2007 – April 2010, Program Manager for Advanced Optical Technologies, National Security Agency, Ft George Meade, MD
  9. April 2010 – March 2011, Academic Instructor, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  10. March 2011—Jun 2014, Deputy Department Head, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  11. Jul 2014—Jul 2015, Special Consult to the Department Head, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  12. Oct 2015—Sep 2017, Senior Engineer, Plans and Programs Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  13. Oct 2017—Aug 2020, Branch Chief, Plans and Programs Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

 

Awards

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Air Force Commendation Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Black Engineer of the Year STEM Innovation Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award
Black Engineer of the Year Modern Day Technology Leader
Inducted into the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Inducted into the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS:
2003 Recognized as a Modern Day Technology Leader by Academia and Industry
2008 MILCON publication, Green, L., Turner, R., Ruffin, P. B., Holt, J. C., Hamilton, J. S.; Gallman, K. (2008). A Case for Embedded Optical Communications, Military Communications Conference, 2008. MILCON 2008, IEEE, 1-7.

 

Professional Memberships and Certifications

National Society of Black Engineers
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
National Defense Industrial Association

 

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