Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Woerner joined DARPA in September 2018 as a program manager in the
Tactical Technology Office. His interests include unmanned systems, offensive and defensive swarms, undersea influence, multi-domain teaming, and human-machine interactions.
Prior to joining DARPA, Woerner served as a project manager at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard with a focus on employment of expeditionary robotic systems payloads and submarine modernization. He previously served on the personal staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as a special assistant focusing on unmanned systems, cyber warfare, and Navy acquisitions. He additionally served in consecutive Flag Aide positions to the Deputy Commander and the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. At sea, Lt. Cmdr. Woerner completed numerous fast-attack submarine deployments throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Woerner holds a Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) in systems engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology earning a Master of Science in mechanical engineering, the degree of Naval Engineer, and a Doctor of Philosophy in autonomy and marine robotics (mechanical and oceanographic engineering) in the department of Mechanical Engineering and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
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