Steve Adams ('87)
Dr. Steve Adams got his BS in Engineering Physics from WSU in 1987. He also got an MS (Engineering Physics) in 1989 from WSU and a PhD (Chemical Physics) from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Adams studies gas discharge plasma physics and does laser-based optical diagnostics of gas phase species for the AF. In addition to doing research, he has managed programs for the AF such as contracts with industry and academia. He has been a liaison for the AF to outside organizations on power for airborne directed energy.
As an AFRL employee since 1989, he has received a number of awards such as the 2004 Power Division Nominee and Finalist for the AFRL Propulsion Directorate's S.D. Heron Award for Achievement in In-House Research in Propulsion Science, and the Power Division Nominee and Finalist for the AFRL Propulsion Directorate's E.C. Simpson Award for Achievement as an In-House Research Team in Propulsion Science (Team Leader). In 2003-4, he was a finalist for the CoSM Teaching Award.