Dr. William Junek is the Chief Scientist, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick Space Force Base, Fla. AFTAC operates and maintains the United States Atomic Energy Detection System, which is a network of space-based, subsurface and airborne sensors that monitor international compliance with various nuclear test ban treaties. In support of this system, the center also operates a network of trace material analysis laboratories, 14 worldwide detachments and operating locations, and several unmanned equipment locations. As the Chief Scientist, he is the principal adviser to the AFTAC Commander on scientific and technical issues related to the Center’s mission and its relationship with national authorities and international organizations.
Dr. Junek’s technical experience spans multiple areas of science and engineering. He has conducted research and development activities on a variety of topics that include microwave remote sensing, geophysics, signal processing, pattern recognition, statistics, and data analytics. Dr. Junek has published scientific articles, reports, and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceeding that focus on the use of airborne interferometric synthetic aperture radar systems for measuring ocean surface currents, chemical processes related to the generation of thin film photovoltaic solar cells, and pattern recognition techniques for forecasting volcanic eruptions. He also serves on master’s degree thesis and Ph.D. dissertation committees at the University of Central Florida and Air Force Institute of Technology.
In August 2005, Dr. Junek entered Civil Service as a Geophysicist in AFTAC’s Nuclear Treaty Monitoring Directorate. There he provided technical support to the U.S. National Data Center program and various research initiatives. He also served as the US NDC Branch Applied Sciences Section Chief, where he supervised a team of scientists, database administrators, software testers, and seismic analysts. In addition, Dr. Junek managed US NDC related scientific studies that where focused on enhancing the system’s functionality and reducing analyst burden. In 2008, Dr. Junek became a member the AFTAC alert team and served as a Seismic Alert Duty Officer and Alert Manager, where he leveraged cross mission area technical experience for producing multidisciplinary event reports under strict timelines, which reached the highest levels of government including the white House Situation Room. In 2013, Dr. Junek spent two months at the NORSAR facility in Kjeller, Norway, where he conducted collaborative research on the application of adaptive signal cross correlation detectors for analyzing developing earthquake aftershock sequences. This work led to the successful integration of automated signal cross correlation processes into the operational US NDC software suite. Between 2017 and 2019, Dr. Junek served as the AFTAC Senior Scientist, where he made significant contributions to defining the Center’s R&D corporate process and developed the AFTAC 2020-2040 R&D Roadmap. From June 2019 to July 2020, he served as the Acting AFTAC Chief Scientist.
1998 Associate of Science degree in Engineering, Ocean County College, Toms River, N.J.
1999 Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Fla.
2003 Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass.
2012 Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.
February 2000 – September 2000, Electrical Engineer, Raytheon, Tewksbury, Mass.
September 2000 – February 2003, Research Assistant, University of Massachusetts, Microwave Remote Sensing Lab, Amherst, Mass.
February 2003 – January 2004, Senior RF/Analog Engineer, MITRE Corporation, Bedford, Mass.
January 2004 – August 2005, Scientific Engineering Professional IV, MTC Corporation, Patrick AFB, Fla.
August 2005 – May 2017, Geophysicist, Nuclear Treaty Monitoring Directorate, AFTAC, Patrick AFB, Fla.
May 2017 – June 2019, Senior Scientist, AFTAC, Patrick AFB, Fla.
June 2019 – July 2020, Acting Chief Scientist, AFTAC, Patrick AFB, Fla.
July 2020 – Present, Chief Scientist, AFTAC, Patrick SFB, Fla.
AWARDS AND HONORS
2012 AFTAC Civilian of the Year, Category IIB (non-supervisory)
2012 Nuclear Treaty Monitoring, Civilian of the Year, Category IIB (non-supervisory)
2013 AFTAC Geophysical Alert Team Award
2003 Research Assistantship, University of Massachusetts
1999 Summa cum Laude, Florida Institute of Technology
1998 Magna cum Laude, Ocean County College
BOARDS AND ADVISORY GROUPS
2019 – Present, Chairman, AFTAC Data Governance Council
2013 – Present, University of Central Florida, Graduate Faculty Scholar
2013 – 2017, Chairman of Melbourne Florida, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapter, Computer Society Chapter, and Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society Chapter
(Current as of February 2021)