John D. Matyjas, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist, HQ ACC/ST
US Air Force Air Combat Command


Dr. John D. Matyjas, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Scientific Adviser to the Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. He serves as the Command Chief Scientist providing scientific expertise and technical guidance throughout ACC. As a primary interface to the scientific community, Dr. Matyjas identifies promising technologies and catalyzes rapid, effective enhancements to ACC's warfighting capabilities.
Before assuming his current position, Dr. Matyjas was employed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, where he served as Technical Advisor for the Computing and Communications Division at the Information Directorate as well as Core Technical Competency Lead for Connectivity and Dissemination, developing information technologies critical for C4ISR and cyber systems. Dr. Matyjas cultivated strategic codevelopment partnerships via joint capability technology demonstrations and coalition experimentation while serving as U.S. National Lead since 2010 for The Technical Cooperation Program C4I Group, Communications and Networking Panel. His accomplishments were lauded by AFRL with induction as a Fellow in 2016.
Dr. Matyjas serves as the Air Force technical lead for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program, Wireless Spectrum Research and Development interagency working group as well as for the Department of Defense CIO Spectrum Science and Technology Working Group. He also served as an Adviser to the National Research Council for the Research Associateship Program.
In the area of wireless communications and networking, Dr. Matyjas has published over 100 journal and conference articles resulting in three key patents filed and more than 1,500 citations. As lead editor, he recently published two books on the subjects of directional networks and spectrum sharing. He is frequently invited as a speaker to flagship Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers communications conferences, the Association of Old Crows, NATO, The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement and AdHocNets events of the European Alliance for Innovation. In recognition of his technical leadership and professionalism, he was appointed to the IEEE Wireless Communications Editorial Advisory Board for a three-year term in 2012. Dr. Matyjas also served for six years as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the State University of New York Polytechnic in Utica, New York.


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