Career in Government and Industry 


  • Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

  • Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, University of Maryland

  • OSD Deputy Assistant Secretary of Research 

U.S. Air Force Senior Executive Service 

  • Director, Air Force Office of Scientific Research

  • Deputy Director, Brooks Air Force Base

  • Director of Plans and Programs, Air Force Research Laboratory

  • Director, Armstrong Lab (Aerospace medicine and public health)

  • Director, High Power Microwave Program

  • Chief Scientist, Air Force Weapons Laboratory

Mission Research Corporation

  • Member, Board of Directors

  • Vice-President, New Mexico Operations

  • Founding Director, Plasma Sciences Division

  • Founding Leader, Particle Beams Applications Group

Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Founding Leader, Intense Particle Beam Theory Group

  • Staff Member, Laser Fusion Theory Group

Air Force Weapons Laboratory

  • Staff Scientist, Ionospheric Plasmas


  • Ph.D. - Princeton University

  • B.S. - University of Minnesota


  • IEEE Life Fellow, APS Fellow

  • Meritorious Presidential Rank Award (3), Exceptional Civilian Service Award (2), others

  • Sigma Pi Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi

Boards and Advisory Committees

  • National Academy of Sciences (6)

  • Department of Energy (3)

  • Department of Defense (2)

  • State of Texas

  • City of San Antonio (3)

  • University of Texas at San Antonio (3)

  • University of New Mexico (3)

  • Council on Competitiveness

  • Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

  • Texas Research Park Foundation

  • Ars Lyrica Houston Board of Directors

  • United States Air Force Reserve (Col.)

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Kathryn and Brendan Godfrey have been married 47 years.  They reside in suburban Houston and have three adult children.