Dr. Bohnet serves as chief scientist and as technical lead for countermunition development and threat interaction. He is responsible for the design, testing and integration of all explosives-related components for the company, for data analysis pertaining to threat interaction, for safety protocols, and for maintaining the company’s live-fire database.
Prior to joining Artis in 2010, he worked for seven years as principal physicist at BAE Systems, where he led a DARPA project to develop an innovative active protection system that uses flyer plates launched and steered by timed explosive arrays to intercept incoming explosively formed penetrators. He also led a DARPA/IRAD project to develop a unique light-gas gun that achieves hypervelocity using hydrogen, and an ARDEC program to develop a system capable of tunneling into solid rock to deliver a warhead against deeply buried targets. He also co-invented an aerosol separation technology for use in hypervelocity guns and a unique non-electric delay fuze for projectiles that utilizes a novel sliding charge.
From 1997-2003, he was a research physicist at Advanced Power Technologies Inc. He served as lead scientist of a NAVAIR SBIR program to develop a non-explosive underwater acoustic source-based on aluminum/water combustion. He also led a DTRA program to develop inert and energetic projectiles for rock penetration and excavation applications. He also co-invented a non-explosive chemical acoustic source, which is safe out of water while stored yet active when immersed in water, ready to be ignited.
From 1991-97 he served as research assistant at the University of Washington, where he developed a diagnostic system to measure internal magnetic fields in hot laboratory plasmas resulting in first-of-its-kind direct measurement of rotating magnetic oscillations in a tokamak plasma. He developed a precision high-speed ellipsometer for measuring rapid polarization changes in light, as well as a two-stage light-gas gun for launching fragile glass projectiles into high-vacuum environments.
During his career he has been given several awards for his technical contributions and he holds several patents. He has a B.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington, 1990; an M.S. in Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington, 1993 and a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics, University of Washington, 1997.