Dahm Werner

Founding Director, Security & Defense Systems Initiative (SDSI)
ASU Foundation Professor
Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Email: Werner.Dahm@asu.edu
Phone: (480)727-8598
Office: ERC 293 (Map)


Professor Werner J.A. Dahm is Founding Director and Chief Scientist, Security & Defense Systems Initiative (SDSI) at Arizona State University (ASU), and ASU Foundation Professor of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering.  He is also Chief Technical Officer of ASURE , a not-for-profit research corporation affiliated with ASU that serves as ASU’s off-campus, higher-TRL, classified-capable, applied research and advanced technology development component.

He previously was the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force (AF/ST) , a member of Headquarters Air Force in the Pentagon serving as the direct science and technology advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force Chief of Staff.  As the Air Force’s Chief Scientist he led development of “ Technology Horizons ”, the Headquarters-level vision identifying key science and technology focus areas for the U.S. Air Force during 2010-2030.

He has also been a Member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) , has served on numerous task forces of the Defense Science Board (DSB) for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD AT&L), and is a past member of the Defense Science Study Group (DSSG) at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) in Washington, D.C.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in the Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD), a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a recipient of the William F. Ballhaus Aeronautics Prize from Caltech, the 1938E Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Michigan, and the George J. Huebner Research Excellence Award from The University of Michigan.

He received his Ph.D. degree in Aeronautics from Caltech in 1985, and previously worked as a Research Engineer in the Propulsion Wind Tunnel Facility at the USAF Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) in Tullahoma, TN.  He also has an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) in Tullahoma, TN and a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Dr. Dahm also is Emeritus Professor of Aerospace Engineering at The University of Michigan, where he was on the faculty for 25 years and led the Laboratory for Turbulence & Combustion.  He is an author of over 200 refereed technical articles, conference papers, and technical publications, a holder of six U.S. and international patents, and has given over 260 technical presentations, including more than 170 invited, plenary, and keynote lectures worldwide, on topics dealing with aerospace engineering and defense science.  Additionally, he has founded and served on the Board of two technology-oriented entrepreneurial companies, and has served extensively on technical advisory and organizational committees for numerous technical conferences, and as a consultant for industry.


Ph.D., Aeronautics California Institute of Technology (1985)
M.S., Mechanical Engineering University of Tennessee Space Institute (1981)
B.S.E., Mechanical Engineering University of Alabama in Huntsville (1978)

Research Interests

Defense science and technology assessments/planning, fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, turbulent flow, combustion science, advanced propulsion systems.

Graduate Faculties

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Honors and Awards

  • ASU Foundation Professor, Arizona State University, 2010.
  • Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., 2008-1010.
  • U.S. Air Force Exceptional Service Award, 2010.
  • Fellow – American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, 2005.
  • Fellow – American Physical Society, 1998.
  • U.S. Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 2008.
  • George J. Huebner Research Excellence Award, The University of Michigan, 2005.
  • Combined Research & Teaching Award, Department of Aerospace Engineering, The
  • University of Michigan, 1999.
  • 1938E Distinguished Achievement Award – The University of Michigan, 1991.
  • Alumni of Achievement Award – University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2009.
  • Aerospace Department Teaching Award – The University of Michigan, 1992.
  • William F. Ballhaus Aeronautics Prize – California Institute of Technology, 1985.
  • Donald Wills Douglas Prize Fellowship – California Institute of Technology, 1981-82 and 1982-83.
  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Fellowship – California
  • Institute of Technology, 1983.