Air Force Technical Applications Center

Virtual AFTAC R&D Forum

Date TBD

Dr. William Junek

Dr. William Junek is the Senior Scientist, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. AFTAC operates and maintains the United States Atomic Energy Detection System, which is a suite of space-based and subsurface sensors that monitor international compliance with various nuclear test ban treaties. In support of this system, the center also operates a network of trace material analysis laboratories, more than two dozen worldwide detachments and operating locations, and several unmanned equipment locations. As the Senior Scientist, he is charged with advising the AFTAC Chief Scientist, Commander, and Senior Staff on scientific and technical issues related to the center’s mission and its relationship with national authorities and international organizations.

Dr. Junek Joined the Civil Service in August 2005 as a Geophysicist in AFTAC’s Nuclear Treaty Monitoring Directorate. There he provided technical support to the United States National Data Center program and various research initiatives in the areas of geophysics, signal processing, and data analysis. He also served as the U.S. NDC Branch Applied Sciences Section Chief, where he supervised a team of scientists, databases administrators, software testers, and seismic analysts. In addition, he was charged with overseeing U.S. NDC-related scientific studies that were focused on enhancing the system’s functionality and reducing analyst burden. In 2008, Dr. Junek became a member the AFTAC alert team, where he served as a Seismic Alert Duty Officer and as an Alert Manager, leveraging cross-mission area technical experience and producing multidisciplinary event reports under strict timelines, which reached the highest levels of government including the White House Situation Room. In 2013, Dr. Junek spent two months at the NORSAR facility in Kjeller, Norway, where he conducted collaborative research on the application of adaptive signal cross correlation detectors for analyzing developing aftershock sequences. This work lead to the successful integration of automated signal cross correlation processes into the operational U.S. NDC software suite.


  • 1999 Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology
  • 2003 Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, University of Massachusetts
  • 2012 Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering, University of Central Florida


  1. February 2000 – September 2000, Electrical Engineer, Raytheon, Tewksbury, Mass.
  2. September 2000 – February 2003, Research Assistant, University of Massachusetts, Microwave Remote Sensing Lab, Amherst, Mass.
  3. February 2003 – January 2004, Senior RF/Analog Engineer, MITRE Corporation, Bedford, Mass.
  4. January 2004 – August 2005, Scientific Engineering Professional IV, MTC Corporation (AFTAC Contractor), Patrick AFB, Fla.
  5. August 2005 – May 2017 Geophysicist, AFTAC, Patrick AFB, Fla.
  6. May 2017 – Present, Senior Scientist, AFTAC, Patrick AFB, Fla.


  • 2012 AFTAC, Civilian of the Year, Category IIB, Non-supervisory
  • 2012 Nuclear Treaty Monitoring, Civilian of the Year, Category IIB, Non-supervisory