Gary PolanskyGary F. Polansky has a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin and has worked for 34 years at Sandia National Laboratories in national security, nuclear energy, and environmental programs. His broad-based technical capabilities have made key contributions to many of program areas, including aerospace systems, space nuclear power and propulsion, nuclear energy, and nuclear materials management.

Currently, Dr. Polansky holds the position of Senior Scientist in the Integrated Military Systems Development Center and has technical responsibilities across a wide range of programs. He was the Program Manager for the highly successful Advanced Hypersonic Weapon Flight Test 1A. This test demonstrated a first-of-its-kind vehicle that was designed to fly through the atmosphere at hypersonic speed and long range.  Gary was the 2013 recipient of the Richard H. Johnson Technical Achievement Award presented by the Precision Strike Association.

Gary has authored or co-authored more than 50 technical publications in computational physics, nuclear technology, and hypersonic systems.  He has served as session chair and conference organizer for national and international technical conferences.  He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).  He has served on national technical committees and was active in local professional society activities for many years.