SPEAKER BIOS

Nathan P. Diller

Colonel, Director, AFWERX

Colonel Nathan P. Diller is the Director of AFWERX. Colonel Diller received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2000. After simultaneous Masters’ at Harvard and MIT, he attended Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training and flew F-16s for two CombatAir Force assignments, becoming an instructor pilot. He was selected for the French Test Pilot school and then completed his first test tour at Edwards AFB, supporting B-1, B-2, F-16, F-22 and F-35flight test and instructing at the Test Pilot School.

He served as an Executive Officer to the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and as a Defense Advanced Research Project Agency Service Chiefs Fellow.

Upon completing a program management tour at the Space and Missile Center, he took command of the 586th Flight Test Squadron, supervising classified flight test for joint, interagency and international clients. 

After graduating from the National Defense University, Eisenhower School Senior Acquisition Course, Colonel Diller served as the Chief of the Air and Space Branch, Force Application Division, then Chief of the Joint Force Integration Cell, Joint Staff J8. 

Following that assignment, he was the Air Force Advisor to Office of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Capabilities and Rapid Capabilities Office. Additionally, he was detailed as the Assistant Director of Aeronautics at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Colonel Diller is a member of the Acquisition Corps and is certified as a Level III Program Manager and Test professional. He is a senior pilot with over 2,700 hours in more than 60 aircraft.

COLONEL ERIC J. FELT

Air Force Research Lab (AFRL)

Colonel Eric Felt is the Commander of the Phillips Research Site and Director of the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. He leads a team of 1,080 military, civilian and on-site contractors who comprise the nation's center of excellence for military space science and technology, research and development, as well as advanced technologies integration and demonstration. His organization focuses on enduring Air Force space missions: communications; position navigation and timing, missile warning, space situational awareness, and defensive counter space.

Colonel Felt received his commission in 1991 from Duke University Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. He entered active duty in 1996 after completing a master’s in science and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and has served as a developmental engineer and program manager in lab, test, program office, and staff assignments. Prior to his current position, Colonel Felt served as the Senior Materiel Leader, Joint Mission Division, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Systems Directorate, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. 

EDUCATION
  • 1991  Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, computer science, and history, Duke University, Durham, N.C.

  • 1991  Distinguished graduate, Air Force Reserve Officer’s Training Corps, Duke University, Durham N.C.

  • 1993  Master of Science degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif.

  • 1996  Doctorate degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif.

  • 1998  Squadron Officer School, by correspondence.

  • 2000  Distinguished graduate, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School Flight Test Engineer Course, Edwards AFB, Calif.

  • 2001  Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

  • 2003  Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence.

  • 2006  Department of Defense Executive Leadership Development Program.

  • 2007  Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Fellowship Intermediate Developmental Education, Arlington, Va.

  • 2008  Air War College, by correspondence.

  • 2013  Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala

ASSIGNMENTS
  • October 1996 – November 1997, Advanced Munitions Fuze Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate, Eglin AFB, Fla.

  • November 1997 – September 1998, Chief, Penetration Fuze Section, Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate, Eglin AFB, Fla.

  • September 1998 – June 1999, Chief, System Effectiveness Assessment Team, Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate, Eglin AFB, Fla.

  •  June 1999 – July 2000, student, Class 99B, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.

  • July 2000 – June 2001, Foreign Military Sales Project Manager, 416th Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, Calif.

  • June 2001 – November 2001, Flight Commander, F-16 Foreign Military Sales Projects, 416th Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, Calif.

  • November 2001 – December 2001, student, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

  • December 2001 – June 2002, Lead Flight Test Engineer, Airborne Laser, 452nd Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, Calif.

  • June 2002 – July 2003, Flight Commander, Global Vigilance Operations Engineering Flight, 452nd Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, Calif.

  • July 2003 – July 2004, student, Air Force Intern Program, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

  • July 2004 – August 2005, Branch Chief, Advanced Concepts, Low Earth Orbit Signals Intelligence Program Office, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va.

  • August 2005 – July 2006, Deputy Division Chief, Advanced Concepts, Low Earth Orbit Signals Intelligence Program Office, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va.

  •  July 2006 – July 2007, Air Force Intermediate Developmental Education Fellow, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va.

  • July 2007 – June 2009, Operationally Responsive Space Program Element Monitor, Directorate of Space Acquisition, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

  • July 2009 – November 2010, Commander, Space Test Operations Squadron, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

  • November 2010 – July 2012, Materiel Leader/Chief, Space Test Branch, Space Test and Operations Division, Space Development and Test Directorate, Space and Missile systems Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

  •  July 2012 – May 2013, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

  • June 2013 – August 2014, Deputy Division Chief, Analysis, Imagery Intelligence Systems Acquisition Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va.

  • August 2014 – August 2015, Director of Intelligence, Analyses and Assessments, Headquarters Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

  •  August 2015 – April 2017, Senior Materiel Leader/Chief, Ground Systems Division, Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles Systems Directorate, Hill AFB, Utah

  • May 2017 – June 2018, Senior Materiel Leader/Chief, Joint Mission Division, Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles Systems Directorate, Hill AFB, Utah.

  • July 2018 – Present, Commander, Phillips Research Site and Director, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
  • Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters 

  •  Aerial Achievement Medal

  • Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

  • Air Force Commendation Medal 

  • Joint Service Achievement Medal

  •  Air Force Achievement Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
  • 2001 - Squadron Commander’s “Top Gun” Award (#1/700)

  • 2002 - Best Paper Award, Society of Flight Test Engineering International Symposium

  • 2002 – Best Paper Award, Society of Flight Test Engineering International Symposium

  • 2002 – Wing Test Team of Distinction2005 – SIGINT Arthur S. Fleming Award nominee

  • 2006 – Low-Earth Orbit System Program Office “Tier 3” (highest) Award

  • 2006 – NRO Director’s Team Award2009 – Space Development and Test Directorate Team of the Year

  • 2010 – Space Development and Test Directorate Team of the Year

  • 2010 – Space and Missile Systems Center “Outstanding Space Wing” of the Year

  • 2011 – PMT-401 Program Manager Peer Instructor Award

  • 2011 – Space Development and Test Directorate Team of the Year

  • 2011 – Air Force Space Command Productivity Excellent Award

  • 2013 – Air Force Space Command Outstanding Air War College Paper Award

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

Acquisition Professional Development Program Certifications:

  • Test and Evaluation, Level 3 

  • Program Management, Level 3

  • Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering Manager, Level 2

Credentialed Space Professional, Level 3

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant - 11 May 1991 

First Lieutenant  - 11 May 1994

Captain - 30 October 1997

Major - 1 March 2004

Lieutenant Colonel - 1 February 2009

Colonel - 1 June 2015

Colonel Russell F. Teehan

Portfolio Architect

Colonel Russell Teehan is the Director, Portfolio Architect of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC). He leads a team of roughly 100 personnel charged with spearheading the Center’s activities to design an integrated space enterprise architecture and partner with other commercial,allied, government agencies and our industry partners to enable SMC to smartly design, rapidly acquire, and expeditiously integrate the weapon systems needed to support today’s fight and the battlefield of tomorrow. 

Col Teehan was commissioned in 1993 by USAF Academy. His career has included a variety of assignments ranging from basic weapons research at Air Force Research Laboratory, teaching Physics at USAF Academy, special programs management at the Space and Missiles Systems Center, and a multitude of Air Staff and OSD Pentagon staff assignments. He recently served as the Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory Phillips Research Site where he led a team of 800 personnel and an annual budget of $300 million focused on advancing technologies to prototype the next generation of Air Force space capabilities. Col Teehan has two wonderful daughters – Emma (18) and Addyson (13).

EDUCATION
  • 1993 BS, Physics, USAF Academy, CO

  • 1994 MS, Applied Physics (Lasers), Georgia Institute of Technology, GA

  • 1999 PhD, Optical Sciences, University of New Mexico, NM

  • 2007 MS, Military Arts and Sciences, Air Command and Staff College, Montgomery AFB, AL

  • 2014 MS, National Resource Strategy, The Eisenhower School, National Defense University, Ft. McNair, DC

ASSIGNMENTS
  • Jun 93 – Sep 94, Applied Physics Masters Program Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology, GA.

  • Sep 94 – Aug 96, Laser Research Physicist, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM.

  • Aug 96 – Dec 99, Optical Sciences PhD Candidate, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

  • Dec 99 – Jun 02, Assistant Professor of Physics, USAF Academy, CO.

  • Jun 02 – Jul 03, Director, Laser & Optics Research Center & Assoc. Prof. of Physics, USAF Academy, CO.

  • Jul 03 – Jul 06, Deputy Chief, Counterspace Technology Division (SMC/SYT), Los Angeles AFB, CA .

  • Jul 06 – Jun 07, Distinguished Graduate, Air Command and Staff College, Montgomery AFB, AL.

  •  Jun 07 – Apr 09, Space Control Program Element Monitor, SAF/AQSC, Pentagon, Washington DC.

  • Apr 09 – Jun 10, Deputy Chief, Space Control Division, SAF/AQSC, Pentagon, Washington DC.

  • Jul10 – Jul 13, Chief of Rapid Reaction Branch, Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson AFB, CO.

  • Jul 13 – Jun 14, Student, Eisenhower School, National Defense University, Ft. McNair, Washington DC.

  • Jun 14 – Jun 16, Chief, Space Control Branch, OUSD/AT&L(SSI), Pentagon, Washington DC.

  • Jun 16 – Jul 18, Cmdr, Phillips Research Site, Dir, AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB, NM .

  • Jul 18 – Present, Portfolio Architect Director, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, CA.

Dr. Randy Villahermosa 

general manager of Innovation 

Dr. Randy Villahermosa is the general manager of Innovation at The Aerospace Corporation. He is responsible for leading innovation programs, culture transformation initiatives, and the corporation’s research and development portfolio. Villahermosa’s responsibilities span a broad range of science, technology, and innovation areas related to space systems, remote sensing, data analytics, and autonomous systems.

Prior to his current role, Villahermosa supported the development of multiple satellite systems for a wide variety of mission areas including missile defense sensors for the Air Force and the Missile Defense Agency, advanced technology satellites for the intelligence community, and space situational awareness satellite systems for the Air Force. He is also an expert in space materials and contamination control, and holds multiple patents in related technologies.