Janet S. Fender
Oklahoma native Janet S. Fender received a B.S. in physics and astronomy from the University of Oklahoma in 1973 and an M.S. and Ph.D. in optical sciences from the University of Arizona in 1978 and 1981, respectively. She is the scientific adviser to the Commander, Air Combat Command (ACC), Langley Air Force Base, Va. She served as the command chief scientist providing scientific expertise and technical guidance throughout ACC. As primary interface to the scientific community, Fender identified leading edge technologies and catalyzes effective, rapid enhancements to ACC's war-fighting capabilities.
In previous positions at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Fender served as chief scientist for Space Vehicles and Senior Scientist for Advanced Imaging. Her multifaceted career in science and technology includes basic laboratory research, fielding new capabilities, key technical positions in major programs, and support to operations. Her research in the field of directed energy was a cornerstone for the Strategic Defense Initiative. Ultimately responsible for the design and engineering of Air Force Space Command's premier space surveillance sensor, Fender's leadership ensured full operational readiness of the Advanced Electro-Optical Sensor at Mount Haleakala, Hawaii. As the U.S. member of the United Nations Space Surveillance Expert Group, Fender participated in establishing international policy for space.
Internationally recognized for research and development of innovative high-resolution imaging technologies, she has published more than 100 journal articles and reports, holds key U.S. patents, and is a frequently invited conference speaker. Fender represents the Air Force on the Physics and Astronomy Board of the National Science Foundation, and she represents ACC on the NASA Advanced Aircraft Program Blue Ribbon Panel. She is a former chair of the Board of Assessment of the Physics Laboratory, National Institute of Science and Technology. Fender is a fellow of OSA and SPIE.