Carnegie Mellon University

Philip Hahn

Philip Hahn

Deputy Director, AFWERX


Cybersecurity, Defense/DoD, Energy, Finance/Financial Modeling/Operational Analysis, Funding, Management/Executive Leadership Development, SBIR, Strategy


As a native of Pittsburgh and a CMU grad, Phil is excited to locate AFWERX/Spacewerx (Innovation & Investment Arms of the US Air Force and Space Force) in the steel city as it transforms into an epicenter of innovation. 

Currently housed at CMU, AFWERX aims to connect with any and all potential dual-use technology companies (Dual -Commercial & Military/Government) on campus and in the Pittsburgh ecosystem. AFWERX's $1B+ grant budget includes allocations for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) & Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding for their Open Topic. This Open Topic is a new initiative designed to broaden the solicitation to allow for all dual-use companies to apply to receive non-diluted capital to accelerate both their technology and the capabilities of the United States. Some areas of specific interest given Pittsburgh's strong technology ecosystem are AI, ML, Robotics, Infrastructure Tech, and Healthcare Tech. But any and all companies with potential dual-use technology are encouraged to connect with AFWERX.

Phil Hahn is an executive government leader for the Department of the Air Force Innovation, Investment & Technology Transfer organization. In this role, he drives big picture strategy for the organization and their ~$1B+ annual budget comprised of Air Force and Space Force allocations. Phil started his career in the Air Force as a Mission Director and Flight Test Engineer where he was aircrew flying in the F-16, HH-60, and other aircraft. Phil has had multiple roles in developing organizations and technologies in and outside the government. Phil has designed and led classified high-risk flight test missions on several multibillion-dollar aircraft/programs developing some of our country's most sensitive technologies. He has also developed IT cloud systems/solutions for classified / confidential programs for the USAF/OSD. 

After transitioning from active duty, Phil attended Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School where he earned his MBA. His focus areas of study were strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship through acquisition. After graduating, Phil joined a private equity firm focused on owner-operator acquisitions and is still involved in an advisory/board capacity. Phil is also still an active USAF reservist and in that role, he leads Strategic/Industry Engagement opportunities for the Secretary of the Air Force’s office. Phil holds a BS in electrical engineering from Virginia Military Institute, an MS in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business.