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AFRL Information Directorate in Rome names new chief scientist

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Mark H. Linderman
The AFRL Information Directorate in Rome has selected Mark H. Linderman as its new chief scientist. (Photo credit: AFRL)

ROME, N.Y. — The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate in Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome announced it has appointed Mark H. Linderman as its new chief scientist.

Linderman, who joined the Rome Laboratory in 1994, will advocate for significant research in information sharing, data fusion, machine learning, performance-optimization techniques, and systems resiliency in his new role.

“As part of the Air Force team here in Rome, we are fortunate to have Mark in this role,” AFRL/RI Commander Fred Garcia said in a news release. “Mark’s in-depth experience, knowledge, and leadership will be invaluable to our need to stay ahead of our pacing challenges and ensure the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force meets their obligations as the great enabler and protectors of our nation.”

Linderman’s priorities in his new role revolve around enhancing the department’s speed and collaboration in developing systems for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s One AFRL, Two Services mission, while also synchronizing efforts across the Air Force and with broader government and international partners, to get new capabilities into the hands of military personnel.

“We welcome Mark to the front office team here at Rome and recognize how fortunate we are to have him on our team,” Deputy Director Michael Hayduk said. “His leadership and experience serving in various disciplines and leadership roles will be critical to supporting Air Force Research Laboratory priorities as we look to accelerate transformation for the future.”

After completing his doctorate at Cornell University in 1991, Linderman joined the lab, where he applied his VLSI experience to surveillance signal-processing architectures. He was the director of information directorate HPC Center from 1995 to 2000, when he became the technical lead of the AFRL Information Directorate Joint Battlespace Infosphere (JBI) program.

Linderman initiated several projects including the Content-and Context-Aware Trusted Router and OpenPod. He also served as technical advisor at the branch and division level for the advanced computing architectures branch, information systems research branch, and computing and communications division.

Linderman received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and his master’s and doctorate degree in electrical engineering from Cornell. He holds two U.S. patents.

Air Force Research Laboratory is the primary scientific research and development center for the Air Force regarding discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for the nation’s air, space, and cyberspace force.