Tom Layne serves as the Air Force Research Laboratory’s lead on energy technology matters pertaining to Flightline Equipment and Vehicles, based out of Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio.
Tom entered the USAF in 1990 after being commissioned through ROTC from Michigan Technological University. While on active duty Tom had technical assignments in the Space, Intelligence, Special Operations, Munitions, Special Project, and Joint communities. Tom’s research was published and patented. After retiring from active duty Tom hired into the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Strategy and Transformation Office as a civilian. Since 2015 Tom has been leading numerous Large Format Energy Storage projects that are transforming the USAF towards a more Electric Flightline. Projects include: Hybrid & Full-Electric Aircraft Powerheads, Hybrid Power/Lightcarts, Hybrid Loader, Vehicle-to-Grid Demo, and supporting Large Format Terrestrial Battery Standardization.