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Brendan B. Godfrey

Godfrey, Brendan B.

Research Interests: 

Dr. Godfrey’s research interests center on numerical simulation of plasmas, microwave generation, and intense particle beam acceleration and propagation.


Dr. Godfrey has been with the University of Maryland since early 2010.  Previously, he held various senior executive technology management positions with the U.S. Air Force, including director of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, deputy director of Brooks City-Base (Air Force center of human systems and public health), director of plans and programs of the Air Force Research Laboratory, director of the Armstrong Laboratory, director of advanced weapons at the Phillips Laboratory, and chief scientist of the Weapons Laboratory.  Earlier in his career, he was vice-president and regional manager of Mission Research Corporation, intense particle beam group leader at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and staff scientist at the Weapons Laboratory.

He also has served in numerous professional and civic roles, including the Texas Governor’s Scientific Advisory Committee, the City of San Antonio Brooks Development Board, University of New Mexico and University of Texas at San Antonio advisory committees, and various American Physical Society and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers committees.


Dr. Godfrey received a Ph.D. from Princeton University and a B.S. from the University of Minnesota.

Honors and Awards: 

Dr. Godfrey is a three-time recipient of the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award, and also received Office of the Secretary of Defense and Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medals, among other recognitions.

Professional Memberships: 

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.