Ruth Pachter Ph.D.

Pachter, Ruth
Position Department / Business Unit
Senior Scientist, Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate
Institution Disciplines
AFRL/ML, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Chemistry Physics
City State / Provence
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Ohio
Country Website
U.S.A. link

Dr. Ruth Pachter, a member of the scientific and technical cadre of senior executives, is Senior Scientist, Computational Materials Science and Engineering, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Dr. Pachter’s research addresses challenging theoretical and computational problems for quantitative predictions and understanding of materials properties, with focus on the development of materials for Air Force applications, including laser protection requirements. Dr. Pachter also serves as Chief Scientist, Advanced Computational Analysis Directorate, Aeronautical Systems Center.

Dr. Pachter has conducted research in computational chemistry and materials science for more than 30 years. She is known for her research in theoretical studies of molecular materials properties, ranging from quantum mechanical calculations, large-scale atomistic simulations, to methodology and algorithmic developments, utilizing effectively high-performance computing.

Dr. Pachter is author and co-author of more than 110 archival journal papers and book chapters, including invited articles. She co-edited two books, presented more than 60 invited lectures, served on three international journal editorial boards, as well as on a number of conference program committees and advisory technical committees, and was organizer or co-organizer of numerous national and international symposia and workshops. Dr. Pachter has also served as thesis adviser, and she is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Computer Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology.


1971 B.S, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel; 1977 M.S., University of South Africa, Pretoria; Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel; 1985 Ph.D. Chemistry, University of South Africa, Pretoria

Career Highlights

1. 1973 - 1976, Lady Davis Fellowship, Department of Theoretical Chemistry, Technion - Israel Insititute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
2. 1976 - 1988, Chief Researcher, National Chemical Research Laboratory, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria, South Africa
3. 1988 - 1990, Fellow of Research, Stanford Magnetic Resonance Laboratory, Stanford University, Calif.
4. 1991 - 1994, National Research Council Research Associate, Wright Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. 1994 - 1996, Senior Physical Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
6. 1997 - 2001, Principal Physical Scientist, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
7. 2001 - present, Senior Scientist, Computational Materials Science and Engineering, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio


1985 Registered Professional Scientist, South Africa
1994 Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership and Research Contributions in Computational Materials Science, Materials Directorate, Wright Laboratory
1996 Outstanding Engineers and Scientists Award, Affiliate Societies Council, Engineering and Science Foundation of Dayton
1996 Eminent Engineer Member of the Tau Beta Pi Society
1997 Cleary Award for Scientific Achievement, AFRL
1999 Air Force Basic Research Award
2001 AFRL Fellow

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