Dr. Donna M. Joyce

Senior Research Scientist (ST) for Protective Technologies

Dr. Donna Joyce, a member of the Senior Executive Service, was appointed as the Army Senior Research Scientist (ST) for Protective Technologies in December 2019. She serves at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center, Software, Simulation, Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate, Redstone Arsenal, AL. As the Army’s chief scientist for protective technologies, she provides scientific expertise and technical guidance in the research, development, and transition of protective technologies.
Dr. Joyce collaborates with a broad science and technology community of subject matter experts across government, industry, and academia to provide cost effective solutions for the Army and DoD weapons systems. She brings expertise in thin film electronics, security and reliability of microelectronics, and advanced circuit analysis tools to include: research and development, test and evaluation, technology transition, strategic planning and resource management.
Before assuming this position, Dr. Joyce was employed at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, where she served as the AFRL Liaison to the Air Combat Command Chief Scientist, connecting the broader S&T community with operational needs and gaps. Dr. Joyce’s career has included basic and applied research, technology development, and transition of state of the art tools and techniques. Specific research in thin film dielectrics led to the patent and publications of Polymer Capacitors with Charge Blocking Layers, advancing research in thin film electronics. Dr. Joyce has held many technical and leadership positions within the Air Force Anti-Tamper Team. She led the Air Force Anti-Tamper Technology Development Portfolio and has been involved in many aspects of the Tri-service Anti-Tamper Community. Her work in the development and transition of tools, techniques, and protective technologies has advanced this community and has built collaborations across government organizations.
CAREER CHRONOLOGY:
• December 2019-present: Army Senior Research Scientist, Protective Technologies, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center, Software, Simulation, Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate, Redstone Arsenal, AL
• February 2019-November 2019: Air Force Research Laboratory Liaison to Air Combat Command Chief Scientist, Air Combat Command HQ, Langley AFB, VA
• April 2018-January 2019: Air Force Anti-Tamper S&T Technical Advisor, Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB (WPAFB) OH
• December 2016-March 2018: Air Force Anti-Tamper Technology Development Lead, Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate,
WPAFB OH
• January 2013-November 2016: Microelectronics and Embedded Systems Assurance (MESA) Team Lead, Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate, WPAFB OH
• August 2008-December 2012: Electronics Research Engineer, IARPA Contracting Officer Representative (COR), Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate, WPAFB OH
• January 2005-July 2008: Electronics Engineer, Technical Manager, Anti-Tamper Conference Technical Lead, Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate, WPAFB OH
EDUCATION:
• Ph.D., Materials Engineering, University
of Dayton, 2013
• M.S., Electrical Engineering, University
of Dayton, 2009
• B.S., Electrical Engineering, University
of Dayton, 1985
CERTIFICATIONS:
• Army Acquisition Corps, 2020
• Air War College, Air University, 2018
• Systems Engineering Certificate, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2018
• DAWIA Level III, Engineering-(formerly System Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering)-Science and Technology Manager (STM)-2016
• Air Force Acquisition Corps, 2016
• DAWIA Level III, Engineering-2008
AWARDS AND HONORS:
• Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award-2019
• Air Force Research Laboratory Special Program Team Award-2014
• Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award-2013