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Physics Overview - Overview PowerPoint - Podcast

Stephen Karis
Research Physicist
Lasers and Imaging
Directorate, Phillips
Laboratory
United States Air Force

B.S. -- Physics; San Francisco State University
M.S. -- Applied Physics; Air Force Institute of Technology
Research Physicist
"As a military member of the Starfire Optical Range team, my responsibilities cover the spectrum from hands-on research to administrative duties."
"Advancement opportunities from entry to mid-level positions are excellent in the military."


"Advancement opportunities ranging from entry to mid-level positions are excellent in the military. Promotion and increased responsibility are expected (in fact, scheduled) in a military career. However, since the military moves people every two to four years, it is hard to stay involved in a very specific technological area. Most officers will have the opportunity to advance to Lieutenant Colonel or Commander and become eligible for retirement."

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