Patrick Vail


Title: Physicist GS-15
Company: US Air Force
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Patrick Vail, Physicist GS-15 for the US Air Force, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics.

With nearly 55 years of professional experience, Dr. Vail has been a physicist GS-15 with the United State Air Force at Kirtland Air Force Base since 1985. Prior to obtaining his current role, he was a physicist GS-14 at Hanscom Air Force Base from 1977 to 1985. Earlier in his career, he was a physicist GS-13 at Kirtland Air Force Base from 1969 to 1977 and a physicist GS-9 at Hanscom Air Force Base from 1965 to 1968. A highlight of Dr. Vail’s career was working on and maintaining the technical integrity of three United States directed energy programs. He headed up a staff of 300 people. Dr. Vail’s area of expertise as a physicist is in electromagnetics and the effects of electromagnetics on missiles.

Dr. Vail began his career as a student at the University of Massachusetts, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in physics and nuclear science in 1965 and a PhD in physics in 1969. He continued his studies with Harvard University, completing a Certificate of Advanced Study in 1980. He then joined the University of New Mexico, earning a Master of Arts in philosophy in 1987. He later received a Master of Science in computer science with Aspen University in 2010. He is a companion member of The Brothers of the Good Shepherd.

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