Full Name
Mr. Thomas Fischer
Job Title
Director of Engineering and Technical Management and Chief Engineer, Air Force Materiel Command
U.S. Air Force
Speaker Bio
Thomas M. Fischer, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of Engineering and Technical Management and Chief Engineer, Air Force Materiel Command, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He provides wide-ranging leadership for ensuring technical superiority and integrity of Air Force systems. He leads the Command transformation to digital engineering to unleash the value of technology disruption and provide rapid capability maturation, delivery, and readiness. He leads a 14,000-person national engineering organization and is responsible for talent acquisition, development, and management of more than 80% of the Air Force’s engineering and technical workforce.

Mr. Fischer entered federal service in 1987 and served in a broad range of senior engineering and program management positions in acquisition, sustainment, science and technology, and Command organizations. Mr. Fischer’s assignments include serving as Director of Engineering for three Centers of Air Force Materiel Command. He served as Director of Engineering for the Air Force Sustainment Center and was responsible for delivering cost effective readiness through development and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies, processes and tools; and provided executive leadership and technical direction to the 4,500-member science, engineering and engineering technician workforce. As Director of Engineering and Technical Management for the Air Force Research Laboratory he was the engineering authority and senior career field representative for more than 3,000 science, engineering, and program management professionals. He also served as the Program Manager of Airborne Laser Development and Integration, responsible for day-to-day program execution. Mr. Fischer’s engineering assignments include lead positions on the C-17, F-22 and RQ-4 programs.

In his previous position, Mr. Fischer served as Director of Engineering and Technical Management and Chief Engineer, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, leading a 6,000-person engineering team. He was the Air Force Technical Airworthiness Authority, the single independent official authorized to make determinations that air systems are safe and approved for flight operations. He was the executive responsible for installation management of the Air Force-owned industrial plants throughout the nation. He also provided direct warfighter support through combat effectiveness, vulnerability, and operational weaponeering analyses; and sustainment technology innovation. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in January 2015.
Thomas Fischer