Mark Lewis, formerly chief scientist at the U.S. Air Force, has been appointed director of research and engineering for modernization at the Department of Defense, Air Force Magazine said Wednesday.
Under his new role, Lewis will work as an assistant for Mike Griffin, undersecretary for research and engineering at DoD. Lewis will also serve as a temporary assistant director for space at DoD in line with Derek Tournear's promotion as head of the Space Development Agency.
The hypersonics, propulsion and space vehicle design expert spent four years at USAF and led the American Insitute of Aeronautics and Astronauts as president. He also spent 24 years at the University of Maryland as an instructor.