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Dr. Douglas C. Blake is the Executive Director, Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. He assists the Complex Commander in overseeing the largest and most advanced complex of flight simulation test facilities in the world. The center comprises 58 aerospace test facilities located at Arnold AFB, as well as two geographically separated units, the Hypervelocity Tunnel 9 in White Oak, Md., and the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex at Moffett Field, Calif. The test facilities simulate flight from subsonic to hypersonic speeds at altitudes from sea level to space. All NASA manned spacecraft and every high performance aircraft, missile, space launch system and most military satellites in use by the Department of Defense today have been tested in center's facilities.

Prior to his arrival at AEDC in December 2012, Dr. Blake was the director of the 76th Software Maintenance Group, Tinker AFB, Okla. In this capacity, he lead over 600 people who develop and maintain critical software for the Air Force's bomber and cruise missile fleets. Dr. Blake has served as the Deputy Director for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Air Vehicles Directorate where he led the daily operations of an organization comprised of nearly 600 civilian, military, and contractor personnel executing a $200 million annual budget to develop cutting-edge technology for current and future aerospace systems. While serving as the Deputy Director, he also held several leadership roles in the international community including Principal United States Voting Member to the NATO Research Technology Organization Applied Vehicle Technology Panel. Prior to holding the position of Deputy Director, Dr. Blake served as the Chief of the Computational Sciences Branch as well as the Chief of the Aeronautical Sciences Division within the Air Vehicles Directorate.

Dr. Blake enlisted in the Air Force as a Korean Cryptologic Linguist in 1982. His initial assignment was to the 6903 Electronic Security Group at Osan, Korea. There he worked as a Korean clear speech voiceintercept operator and intelligence analyst. In 1986, he was accepted into the Airman Education and
Commissioning Program and attended the University of Missouri, Rolla where he completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1989. After graduating with honors from Officer Training School, he was assigned to the Ogden Air Logistics Center Operating Location at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California where he worked as a project
engineer on the Follow-On Test and Evaluation (FOT&E) programs for the Minuteman III and Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Systems. Upon completion of that assignment, he went on to complete both Master's and PhD Degrees in Aeronautical Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He then began work as a Computational Electromagnetic Research Engineer in the Air Force Research Laboratory where he developed algorithms and computer codes to compute electromagnetic wave scattering from full aircraft and other complex objects. In 1998, he went on to serve as the Deputy Division Chief for the Aeronautical Sciences Division. His final active duty assignment in the Air Force was as an Associate Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at the US Air
Force Academy where he taught a variety of subjects including thermodynamics, advanced aerodynamics, and computational matrix algebra. Dr. Blake retired from Air Force military active duty in 2002 and worked for one year as the Director of R&D Business for a small company before rejoining the Air Force in civilian service.

1989 Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Univ. of Missouri--Rolla
1993 Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, Air Force Inst of Technology
1997 Doctor of Philosophy in Aeronautical Engineering, Air Force Inst of Technology
2002 Master of Engineering in Engineering Management, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder

1984 Airman of the Year, 6903 Electronic Security Group
1989 First Honor Graduate, U.S. Air Force Officer Training School
1993 Distinguished Graduate, Air Force Institute of Technology
1998 Company Grade Officer of the Year, Air Force Research Laboratory
2002 Outstanding Academic Educator Award, US Air Force Academy
2002 US Air Force Science and Engineering Award
2005 Senior Leadership Award, Air Vehicles Directorate
2011 Civilian Exemplary Service Award

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