Mr. Chris Simi joined DARPA as a program manager in the Strategic Technology
Office in September 2018. Prior to DARPA, Simi spent 15 years in the
research office of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). At
NGA, Mr. Simi served as the senior scientist for remote sensing, developing
a large variety of advanced electro-optic systems and concepts.
Specifically, Simi has developed several advanced airborne systems which
have been used for both R&D and operational applications. Additionally, Simi
has developed both maritime sensing systems as well as new concepts for
small satellites. Prior to becoming a senior scientist, Simi served as a
technical manager for NGA research, and was a key technical innovator for
programs related to countering home-made explosives (HME) in the U.S.
Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility.
Prior to NGA, Simi was a physicist/electrical engineer at the U.S. Army
Night Vision Laboratory (NVL) at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. There, he developed
and demonstrated a variety of advanced sensors which included the
development of laser detection and optical communications systems. In 1992,
Mr. Simi, working with US Army Space Command, successfully demonstrated a
laser communication uplink on Space Shuttle Discovery. In 1995, Simi worked
with the Naval Research Laboratory to demonstrate an advanced hand-held
earth imaging system, also from Shuttle Discovery. Both shuttle
demonstrations were part of the Department of Defense's Secondary Payload
Program for the shuttle.
While at NVL, Simi also developed a frequency agile laser test bed for use
in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive
(CBRNE) and weapons of mass destruction (WMD)-related missions. Simi also
developed the Compact Airborne Spectral Sensor (COMPASS) hyperspectral
sensor which was the predecessor to the Air Force's ACES Hy used on the
MQ-1. Mr. Simi holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Mary Washington
College, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Johns
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