Dr. Ralph Sandfry provides strategic and management support to the DARPA Director and Deputy Director. He assesses the technical merits and risks of proposed and current projects and provides advice on technology strategies. He also guides, supervises and coordinates the Agency’s planning and operations.
Previously, Dr. Sandfry served 25 years in the Air Force, finishing his career as Military Deputy, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology and Engineering, where he provided policy, guidance, and advocacy for the Air Force's annual $2 billion science and technology program.
He has served in a wide range of systems engineering, acquisition and test roles within the Air Force, including assignments in the Global Positioning System and Maverick Missile program offices. He was Director of Operations for Detachment 4, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center at Peterson AFB, Colo., and served as Associate Professor of Astronautics at the United States Air Force Academy.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas, a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, a Master of Strategic Studies degree from Air War College, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech.
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