General Information

Full Name Lance T. Wilhelm
Languages English, Python, R, C/C++, Java, HTML, JS, CSS, LaTeX
Location Blacksburg, VA


  • 2022
    M.S. Analytics
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Focus in computational data analytics
      • AI/ML
    • Practicum
      • Air Force Recruiting Service Job-to-Applicant Matching Optimization
  • 2013
    B.S. Physics
    United States Air Force Academy
    • Focus in space-physics and astronomy
    • Capstone and Research
      • Integrated Miniaturized Electrostatic Analyzer (iMESA)
      • Falcon Telescope Network


  • 2023 - Present

    Blacksburg, VA

    Ph.D. Student, Computer Science
    Virginia Tech
  • 2022 - 2023

    JBLM, WA

    Director of Operations
    361st Recruiting Squadron, AFRS
    • Drove daily operations for an 84-member recruiting squadron in 34 offices across 721K square miles
    • Coordinated with squadron leadership to enact Commander’s intent and strategic vision
    • Oversaw squadron operations flight responsible for 3 Military Entrance Processing stations and recruiting administrative actions
    • Utilized analytics subject matter expertise to create novel reports on recruiting operations
  • 2020 - 2022

    JBLM, WA

    Support Flight Commander
    361st Recruiting Squadron, AFRS
    • Led squadron’s Support Flight and oversaw Commander Support Staff, Communications, Logistics, and Personnel Sections
    • Stewarded $1.5M budget, 652 communication equipment items, 60 GOV fleet, and 34 offices across 721K miles supporting 74 recruiters
    • Primary squadron Approving Official validating Operation and Maintenance and Advertising government purchase card (GPC) accounts
    • Oversaw civilian personnel management and appraisal as direct supervisor and higher level reviewer for 5 personnel
  • 2017 - 2020


    Chief of Laboratory Operations
    Harkins Laboratory Complex, AFTAC
    • Managed day-to-day operations for a multi-million dollar laboratory complex
    • The complex operates two research lab facilities to conduct research and development in ultra-low background radiological analysis methods
  • 2017


    Director of Operations
    AFRL Maker Hub
    • Ensured continuous operation of an innovative learning and rapid prototyping environment available to over 10,000 government employees
    • Extended network of AFRL external and internal resources to provide assistance to users looking to collaborate with nontraditional partners
    • Acted as subject matter expert to the Hub’s capabilities including, but not limited to rapid prototyping, CAD/CAM design, additive manufacturing, CNC technologies, microcontrollers, small electronics, code development, and general fabrication techniques
  • 2015 - 2017


    Executive Officer
    Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL
    • Provided executive support to SES Director and O-6 Deputy Director. Planned and executed critical directorate-level taskings
    • Executed emergency management procedures for a 900-person Directorate with a $750M annual budget and $500M research and development complex
    • Directed special job openings to eligible military members. Oversaw nomination procedures to max options for career growth
  • 2013 - 2015


    Non-Destructive Evaluation Engineer
    Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL
    • Conducted in-house research to improve nondestructive inspection (NDI) capability used to ensure structural integrity
    • Led over $6M in Nondestructive Evaluation Research and Development, including a high-vis Advanced Technology Demonstration.
    • Developed strategy for advancing eddy-current-based Nondestructive Investigation technologies to enhance aircraft structural integrity evaluations

Honors and Awards

  • 2022
    • Air Force Recruiting Service Top Support Flight of the Quarter
    • 372nd Recruiting Group Lance P. Sijan Award Nominee
    • Team McChord Company Grade Officer of the Quarter
  • 2021
    • Air Force Recruiting Service, Company Grade Officer of the Quarter
    • 361st Recruiting Squadron Company Grade Officer of the Year
    • Team McChord Company Grade Officer of the Quarter

Academic Interests

  • Large Language Models
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • System Design
  • Multimodal Learning

Other Interests

  • Hobbies
    • Fitness (mountain biking, cycling, tennis)
    • Making (3D printing, microcontrollers, laser CNC)