Anthony B. "Tony" Kaye, Ph.D.
Department of Physics
Texas Tech University
Contact: anthony DOT kaye AT ttu DOT edu
- Work: I joined Texas Tech in 2013, after more than nine years with a defense contractor (initially ITT Advanced Engineering and Sciences; then ITT Corporation; and finally Exelis, Inc.). I spent the first several years supporting the United States Air Force Nuclear Weapons and Counterproliferation Agency (now the Nuclear Weapons Center) at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. While there, I worked on a wide variety of physics problems with applications to national defense, nuclear weapons, intelligence, and weapons of mass destruction. After that, I moved east to the Northern Virginia area where I served as Chief Scientist for Exelis’ Strategic Systems Program Area that was comprised of roughly 400 employees and represented more than $100M in annual sales. In that role, I worked as part of the Program Area leadership team, focusing on scientific oversight, performance, program management, intellectual property development and protection, and business development. In my nine years at Exelis, I won, managed, and performed on a wide range of contracts totaling over $500M in value, primarily supporting the U.S. Air Force (USAF), the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), and the U.S. Navy (USN). Among my other current duties, I served as Exelis’ program manager for the effort to revise and update DTRA’s Capabilities of Nuclear Weapons: Effects Manual Number 1
(EM-1), and participated in the Department of Homeland Security Intelligence Community Analyst-Private Sector Partnership Program as a member of the Nanotechnology, Robotics, and Automation team. At the same time, I also served as Chief Scientist of DTRA’s Information Analysis Center (DTRIAC), and was one of the key technical liaisons between government, industry, and academic partners who supported the overall Threat Reduction community.
Before working at Exelis, I served at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in both X-2 (Thermonuclear Applications) and X-5 (Diagnostics Applications) within X Division (then Applied Physics, now Theoretical Design), first as a postdoctoral associate, and then as a member of the technical staff.
- Education: My professional training was in observational astrophysics. My Ph.D. is from Georgia State University, where I did my dissertation work on the discovery of gamma Doradus stars under William Bagnuolo and Doug Hall. My M.Sc. thesis, completed under Doug Gies at Georgia State, was on the line profile variations of zeta Tauri, a very interesting Be star. My undergraduate degree is from Vanderbilt University, where I studied RS CVn binary systems with Doug Hall and surface science with Richard Haglund.
Before all that formal education, I comtemplated both a career in emergency medicine and a life in music. I sat principal bass of the Galveston Symphony Orchestra for a number of years, had a one-on-one master class with Gary Karr, and while I was at Vanderbilt, I studied under Edgar Meyer.
Life beyond math, physics, and computing
- I'm married to Christine Marie Kaye, a brilliant woman with infinite patience. She teaches special education to very young students (K-6).
- Christy and I have two children, Midnight and Wolfgang (both of whom have four legs).
- There's much more to life than science. My non-scientific
interests include photography, classical music, foreign affairs, the history of warfare, how religion shapes people's actions worldwide, cooking,
gardening, woodworking, and generally reading everything I can get my hands on on just about every subject.
- I am a native Texan (the only one in the Physics Department), and am a big fan of college football.