DR. EILEEN A. BJORKMAN

Dr. Eileen A. Bjorkman, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Executive Director, Air Force Test Center (AFTC), Edwards Air Force Base, CA. She serves as principal deputy to the AFTC Commander on all matters under the cognizance of the Commander. She has extensive authority for broad management, policy development, decision-making and effective program execution of the AFTC’s developmental test and evaluation mission. Her role as an Executive Director involves long and short-range planning, policy development, the determination of program and center goals, including those involving scientific and technical matters, and the overall management of the AFTC enterprise.


Dr. Bjorkman was commissioned through Officer Training School in 1980 and served nearly 30 years in the Air Force, retiring as a colonel. During her military career, she served as a flight test engineer, instructor and test squadron commander. She was a senior non-rated aircrew member and flew more than 700 hours as a flight test engineer in over 25 different aircraft, primarily the F-4, F-16, C-130 and C-141. She also held multiple staff and director positions involving modeling, simulation, analysis and joint testing, retiring from active duty as the Chief of the Modeling and Simulation Policy Division, Warfighter Systems Integration and Deployment. Dr. Bjorkman was appointed as a Senior Leader executive in January 2010, and entered the Senior Executive Service in 2015.

EDUCATION

  • 1979 Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • 1982 Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  • 1984 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 1986 Flight Test Engineers Course, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, CA
  • 1986 Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  • 1993 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 1997 Air War College, by correspondence
  • 1998 Advanced Program Managers Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, VA
  • 2000 Master of Science degree in national resource strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  • 2012 Doctor of Philosophy degree in systems engineering, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
     

CIVILIAN CAREER CHRONOLOGY

  1. January 2010 - January 2011, Senior Adviser, Warfighter Systems Integration and Deployment, Office of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, VA
  2. January 2011 - September 2013, Technical Adviser, Air Force Flight Test Center, then-Air Force Test Center, Edwards AFB, CA
  3. September 2013 - January 2015, Private sector, Everett,WA
  4. January 2015 - February 2017, Deputy Director of Operations, Directorate of Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB,OH
  5. February 2017 - July 2018, Deputy Director of Programs, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, VA
  6. July 2018 – October 2019, Deputy Director of Test and Evaluation, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, VA
  7. October 2019 – Present, Executive Director, Air Force Test Center, Edwards AFB, CA

MILITARY CAREER CHRONOLOGY

  1. August 1980 - April 1982, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  2. April 1982 - June 1984, Flight Test Engineer, 6585th Test Group, Holloman AFB, NM
  3. June 1984 - June 1985, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  4. June 1985 - June 1986, Student, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, CA
  5. June 1986 - July 1987, Chief L.ANTIRN Engineer, F-16 Combined Test Force, Edwards AFB, CA
  6. July 1987 - August 1989, Chief, Data Processing Branch, USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, CA
  7. August 1989 - August 1991, C-17 Flight Test Manager, C-17 System Program Office, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  8. August 1991 - August 1992, liaison officer, C-17 System Program Office/Combined Test Force, Edwards AFB, CA
  9. August 1992 - June 1993, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
  10. June 1993 - November 1995, Tactical fighter analyst, Air Force Studies and Analyses Agency, the Pentagon, Arlington, VA
  11. November 1995 - August 1996, Commander, 846th Test Squadron, Holloman AFB, NM
  12. August 1996 - June 1998, Commander, 746th Test Squadron, Holloman AFB, NM
  13. June 1998 - August 1999, Chief, Commander's Action Group, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, FL
  14. August 1999 - June 2000, Student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
  15. June 2000 - May 2002, Associate Director, Transformation Initiatives, Defense Modeling and Simulation Office, the Pentagon, Arlington, VA
  16. May 2002 - October 2003, Deputy Director, Resource Analyses Directorate, Air Force Studies and Analyses Agency, the Pentagon, Arlington, VA
  17. October 2003 - November 2004, Director, Simulation and Analysis Facility, Advanced Computational Analysis Directorate, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  18. November 2004 - July 2005, Deputy Director, Capabilities Integration Directorate, ASC, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  19. July 2005 - July 2008, Joint Test Director, Joint Test and Evaluation Methodology Joint Test and Evaluation Project, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Suffolk, VA
  20. July 2008 - December 2009, Chief, Modeling and Simulation Policy Division, Warfighter Systems Integration and Deployment, Office of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, VA 

MAJOR CIVILIAN AWARDS

  • 2011 - 2013 Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award
  • 2015 - 2017 Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award

MAJOR MILITARY AWARDS

  • Defense Superior Service Medal
  • Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • 2008 Military Tester of the Year, National Defense Industrial Association, Office of the Secretary of Defense

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

  • International Test and Evaluation Association
  • Society of Flight Test Engineers

(Current as of November 2019)