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Dr. Steven Walker
Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Dr. Steven H. Walker was appointed director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on November 13, 2017. He served as the deputy director of the agency from October 2012 to December 2016, and as acting director from January 2017 through October 2017. More
Dr. Peter Highnam
DEPUTY DIRECTOR, DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY
Dr. Peter Highnam became the deputy director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in February 2018. More
Program Manager, Biological Technologies Office
Dr. Lori Adornato joined DARPA as a Program Manager in July 2017. Her interests include interpretation of organismal behavior and development of bio-inspired materials, as well as platforms and systems for marine sensing applications. More
Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office
Dr. Gregory Avicola joined DARPA in May 2019 as a program manager in the Tactical Technology Office. Areas of expertise include remote sensing (focus on maritime applications), undersea systems, and naval warfare. He is particularly interested in naval logistics, developing capabilities to exploit undersea mobility, improving both manned and unmanned undersea systems, and enabling undersea autonomous systems. More
Dr. Fotis Barlos
Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office
Dr. Fotis Barlos joined DARPA in January 2017 as a program manager in the Strategic Technology Office (STO). Dr. Barlos' interests include data analytics, computational science, and planning technologies. More
Dr. Joshua Baron
Program Manager, Information Innovation Office
Dr. Joshua Baron joined DARPA’s Information Innovation Office (I2O) as a program manager in August 2017. His research interests include cryptography, privacy, and anonymity. More
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Deputy Director, Tactical Technology Office
Dr. Thomas Beutner joined DARPA to serve as deputy director of the Tactical Technology Office (TTO) in January 2018. Prior to coming to the Agency, he served as the head of the Air Warfare and Weapons Science & Technology Department at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). In this role, Beutner was responsible for the Navy’s science and technology investment in aircraft, air, and surface weapons technology programs, and directed energy weapons research. He also served as the Navy’s representative on the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Reliance Air Platforms Panel. More
Program Manager, Biological Technologies Office
Dr. Blake Bextine joined DARPA as a Program Manager in March 2016. He is interested in novel approaches to addressing issues facing agricultural biotechnology and biosecurity, including nucleic acid-based anti-pathogen/anti-pest strategies, insect and plant transformation strategies for rapid trait selection, and innovative approaches for altering insect behaviors. More
Program Manager, Information Innovation Office
Dr. Sergey Bratus joined DARPA as a program manager in January 2018. His research interests include computer security and intrusion analysis. More
| Cyber | Systems |
Director - Adaptive Capabilities Office (ACO), Director's Office
Mr. Thomas Browning is the director of the Adaptive Capabilities Office. In this role Browning is responsible for the management of several highly collaborative efforts to create new joint warfighting constructs and doctrine. More
Office Director, Defense Sciences Office
Dr. Valerie Browning was named director of DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office (DSO) in December 2017. Dr. Browning has more than 30 years of experience in managing and executing defense-related research and development. Prior to her most recent DARPA appointment, Dr. Browning worked as an independent consultant providing subject matter expertise and strategic planning support to the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and other government clients in the areas of advanced materials and alternative energy. More
CAPT Daniel Brunk, USN
Special Assistant to the Director, U.S. Navy Operational Liaison, Director's Office
Captain Daniel Brunk joined DARPA as the U.S. Navy operational liaison in 2017. He previously served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Operations and Plans Division as the Ocean Systems and Nuclear Matters branch head. More
Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office
Dr. Adam Bryant joined DARPA as a program manager in the Strategic Technology Office in May 2019. His research interests include remote sensing systems and signal processing, physics-based modeling and simulation, and data analytics. More
Dr. John Burke
Program Manager, Microsystems Technology Office
Dr. John Burke joined DARPA as a Program Manager in the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) in August 2017. His research interests include the development of high-stability, low-noise sensors and frequency synthesis to enable new positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) and remote detection capabilities. He is particularly interested in the integration of modern atomic physics techniques (e.g. laser cooling and trapping) with photonic circuits and atom chips to reduce the complexity, cost, and size of these techniques while increasing their robustness and reliability for use outside of a laboratory environment. More
Director for Business and Finance, Director's Office
Mr. David Busigo is the director for business and finance in the Adaptive Execution Office. He is responsible for financial oversight within the office and all business activities including financial analysis, budget planning and execution. Mr. Busigo also monitors contractual and programmatic progress of AEO programs and participates in program transition strategy development and execution. More
Program Manager, Defense Sciences Office
Dr. William Carter is a program manager in the Defense Sciences Office. He was formerly the director of the Materials and Microsystems Laboratory at HRL Laboratories. He received his doctorate in applied physics from Harvard University in 1997 and has more than 15 years of experience managing government and industrial materials research programs. His background spans applied physics, materials science, and mechanics. More
Dr. Young-Kai Chen
Program Manager, Microsystems Technology Office
Dr. Young-Kai Chen joined DARPA as a Program Manager in the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) in September 2017. His research interests include the exploration of innovative technology frontiers in the areas of semiconductor optoelectronic materials, devices, integrated circuits, and advanced system applications for smart sensors, secure broadband wireless, and photonic links. More
Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office
Dr. Timothy Chung joined DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office as a program manager in February 2016. His interests include autonomous/unmanned air vehicles, collaborative autonomy for unmanned swarm system capabilities, distributed perception, distributed decision-making, and counter unmanned system technologies. More
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Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office
Mr. Christopher Clay joined DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office as a program manager in January 2016. His interests include hypersonics, fixed- and rotary-wing platform development, munitions and aeropropulsion. More
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Program Manager, Information Innovation Office
Mr. Ian Crone joined DARPA in June 2017 to develop, execute, and transition programs in cybersecurity and cyberspace operations. More
Program Manager, Defense Sciences Office
Dr. Tatjana Curcic joined DARPA as a program manager in the Defense Sciences Office in October 2018. Her interests are in accelerating the development of quantum information technologies and discovering new applications in a range of areas from sensing to information processing with noisy qubits. More
Dr. Joshua Elliott
Program Manager, Information Innovation Office
Dr. Joshua Elliott joined DARPA in September 2017. His research interests include modeling and prediction of complex natural and socio-economic systems and how computational technologies can be leveraged to improve all aspects of science and modeling from data discovery to analysis. More
Program Manager, Biological Technologies Office
Dr. Al Emondi joined DARPA in June 2017. His focus is on neurotechnology and human-machine interaction. His current work explores novel neural interface system architectures applicable to broad user populations and improving the performance of neural interfaces and their application potential through the use of third-wave artificial intelligence. More
Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office
Dr. Peter Erbland joined DARPA as a program manager in February 2013. Currently, he focuses on advanced hypersonic systems and technologies including hypersonic aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics, structures and materials, and guidance, navigation and control, as well as basic and applied research in fluid mechanics, laser-based optical diagnostic techniques and numerical modeling. More
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Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office
Dr. Joseph B. Evans joined DARPA in June 2015 as a program manager in the Strategic Technology Office. His interests include advanced networking and communications technologies with an emphasis on large-scale wireless, dynamic and cross-domain systems. More
Dr. John Everett
Deputy Director, Information Innovation Office
Dr. John Everett is the deputy director of DARPA's Information Innovation Office (I2O). More
Program Manager, Defense Sciences Office
Dr. Michael Fiddy joined DARPA as a program manager in the Defense Sciences Office in September 2016. His current interests include fundamental studies of wave-matter interactions from RF to visible light frequencies. Advancing scattering and inverse scattering methods for multiple scattering media leads to new imaging techniques and tools to synthesize 2-D and 3-D materials and structures, including those with sub-wavelength features. More
Program Manager, Defense Sciences Office
Dr. Anne Fischer joined DARPA as a program manager in the Defense Sciences Office (DSO) in January 2017. Trained as a chemist, Dr. Fischer is interested in pursuing creative applications of chemical approaches, methods, and tools to advance a wide range of technologies. More
Program Manager, Information Innovation Office
Mr. Dustin Fraze joined DARPA in January 2017 to develop, execute, and transition programs in cyberspace operations automation. More
Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office
Dr. Jim Galambos joined DARPA in January 2015 as program manager in the Strategic Technology Office. He has a background in unmanned systems, undersea power/energy and weapon systems. His research interests include expanding combat capability through combining manned and unmanned systems. Relevant technologies include autonomy, undersea communications, unmanned vehicles, maritime power and energy systems, heterogeneous networking and the modeling and simulation of such systems. More
Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office
Dr. Randy Garrett joined DARPA in February 2019 as a program manager in the Strategic Technology Office. Prior to arriving at DARPA, he worked for commercial cybersecurity companies. More
Dr. Tim Grayson
Office Director, Strategic Technology Office
Dr. Timothy Grayson is the director of the Strategic Technology Office (STO) at DARPA. In this role, he leads the office in development of breakthrough technologies to enable warfighters to field, operate, and adapt distributed, joint, multi-domain combat capabilities at continuous speed. These technologies include sensing, communications, and electronic warfare technology and the supporting tools and decision aids needed to compose, integrate, and operate complex combat architectures. More
Program Security Officer, Tactical Technology Office
Mr. Daniel Greenbaum joined DARPA in June 2013. He provides dedicated security support to the Tactical Technology Office by serving as the advisor to the TTO office director and deputy on the establishment, management, conduct and effectiveness of TTO security programs. More
Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office
Maj. Nathan Greiner joined DARPA in July 2018 as a program manager in the Tactical Technology Office. His research interests include hypersonics, turbomachinery, air-to-ground weapons, and air operations in contested environments. More
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Dr. Benjamin Griffin
Program Manager, Microsystems Technology Office
Dr. Benjamin Griffin joined DARPA in October 2018 as a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). His research interests include materials and devices that enable operation in harsh environments, near-zero power sensors and wireless nodes, RF resonators, acoustics, sensors and electronics for aerospace applications, and ultrasound. More
Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office
Mr. Stephen Griggs joined STO as a program manager in August 2016. Prior to his arrival at DARPA, he was vice president and senior program manager for Puritan Research Corporation. This is his second tour as a DARPA program manager, having served from 2002 to 2007 as a program manager in STO. His interests lie in the areas of military imaging and surveillance technologies including electro-optics, LIDAR/RADAR, communications, networks, and sensors. He has designed, built and fielded military radars and both optical and RF communication systems. He is an expert in optical sniper systems and tactical ballistics. More
Dr. Timothy Hancock
Program Manager, Microsystems Technology Office
Dr. Timothy M. Hancock joined DARPA as a program manager in September 2016. His research interests revolve around RF microsystem development that spans semiconductor device processing, circuit design and system integration for communication, radar, and electromagnetic spectrum- sensing applications. More
Program Manager, Information Innovation Office
Mr. Logan Harr joined DARPA as a program manager in October 2017. His research interests include cyberspace operations. More
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Program Manager, Biological Technologies Office
COL Matthew Hepburn, MC, USA joined DARPA as a program manager in 2013. He aims to address the dynamic threats of emerging infectious diseases with potential impact on national security. More
Naval Special Warfare, Director's Office
Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Neil Hermansen is on assignment from Naval Special Warfare to DARPA with duties in the Adaptive Execution Office. He is the principal lead for transitioning technology to special mission units within the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), select members of the Intelligence Community, and other DoD partners. CWO Hermansen provides subject matter expertise to program managers and technology office leadership on matters important to the warfighter based on his extensive operational experience. More
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Security, Information Innovation Office
Mrs. Denice Holden is the Program Security Officer for the Information Innovation Office (I2O). She is responsible for ensuring that all I2O information, data and materials requiring safeguarding in the interest of national security are protected as prescribed. More
Dr. Douglas “Scott” Holmes
Program Manager, Microsystems Technology Office
Dr. Douglas “Scott” Holmes joined DARPA in February 2019 as a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). His areas of interest include superconductor electronics and novel computing technologies. More
Lt Col Dan “Animal” Javorsek
Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office
Lt. Col. Dan “Animal” Javorsek joined the Strategic Technology Office as a program manager in August 2018. Prior to his arrival, he was a flight test squadron commander and experimental test pilot in several different stealth and combat fighter aircraft. More
| Air | Energy | ISR |
Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office
Lt. Col. Jimmy “Reverend” Jones joined DARPA in October 2016 as a program manager in the Strategic Technology Office. Prior to his arrival, he was the chief of the Advanced Countermeasures Branch in Air Force Special Programs at the Pentagon. More
Dr. Gordon Keeler
Program Manager, Microsystems Technology Office
Dr. Gordon Keeler joined DARPA in August 2017 as a Program Manager in the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). His objective is to accelerate the development of emerging photonics, electronics, and integration technologies to open new pathways toward revolutionary optical microsystems. More
Dr. Brian Kettler
Program Manager, Information Innovation Office
Brian Kettler joined DARPA in March 2019. His research interests include automated decision support (AI reasoning and planning), computational modeling of sociocultural systems, human-machine collaboration, and context-aware computing. More
| AI | Analytics | BMC2 |
Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office
Mr. Andrew Knoedler joined DARPA in July 2018 as a program manager in the Tactical Technology Office. His technical experience includes technology development and demonstration of complex aircraft and weapons systems, with a focus on demonstrating capabilities on shortened timelines. More
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Mr. Aaron Kofford
Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office
Mr. Aaron Kofford joined DARPA in January 2019 as a program manager in the Strategic Technology Office (STO). Kofford has worked on advanced emerging technology projects for NASA, DoD, and the Intelligence Community (IC). He has broad experience in many challenging fields including underwater Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT), advanced electronic warfare techniques, small size, weight and power (SWaP) sensor systems, heterogeneous systems of systems, and internal rocket motor ballistics. More
| EW | ISR | Maritime | Space |