Dr. Stefanie Tompkins is the Director of the Defense Sciences Office (DSO). DSO explores the constantly changing research landscape across the nation and the world to identify and accelerate potentially game-changing technologies for national security.
She has previously served as the DARPA Chief of Staff, as well as the Deputy Director of and a program manager in the Strategic Technology Office, where she developed and managed programs in advanced navigation systems, as well as optical element design and manufacture.
Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Tompkins spent 10 years in industry, working first as a senior scientist conducting research in planetary geology and spectroscopy, and later as the manager of a research and development center developing new approaches to imaging spectroscopy and data analysis. She has also served as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army.
Dr. Tompkins received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology and Geophysics from Princeton University and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Geology from Brown University.
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