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Dr. Mark J. Lewis, Director, Science and Technology Policy InstituteMark J. Lewis (Director) came to the STPI directorship from the University of Maryland–College Park, where he was the Willis Young Professor and Chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department. He was Chief Scientist of the United States Air Force in 2004 and held this position until 2008, making him the longest-serving Chief Scientist in USAF history. During his tenure as Chief Scientist, Dr. Lewis expanded basic research support; focused efforts on high-speed flight, sustainment, launch vehicle technologies, and operational space; established major international programs; and co-wrote the Presidential National Aeronautics Executive Order. Dr. Lewis is the author of some 300 technical publications and is active in national and international professional societies with responsibilities for research and educational policy and support. His research has contributed directly to several programs in the areas of high-speed vehicle and aircraft design. He was also the founder of the Center for Hypersonics Education and Research and later the NASA-Air Force Constellation University Institutes Project. In addition to his service on various advisory boards, Dr. Lewis also served as the president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.