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The ARLIS External Advisory Board members lend their expertise to steer the broad research and impact goals of ARLIS. These advisors, from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, are leaders in government, corporate, and academic arenas. The ARLIS External Advisory Board members lend their expertise to steer the broad research and impact goals of ARLIS. These advisors, from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, are leaders in government, corporate, and academic arenas.

Prof. David Bader

Prof. David A. Bader (UMD PhD 1996) is a Distinguished Professor and founder of the Department of Data Science in the Ying Wu College of Computing and Director of the Institute for Data Science at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Prior to this, he served as founding Professor and Chair of the School of Computational Science and Engineering, College of Computing, at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, AAAS, and SIAM; a recipient of the IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award; and the 2022 Innovation Hall of Fame inductee of the University of Maryland’s A. James School of Engineering.

Dr. Steve Cambone

Dr. Stephen A. Cambone recently served as Associate Vice Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System and was the first United States Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, a post created in March 2003. Prior to that, Cambone was the Staff Director for the Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization and previously the Director of Research at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University.

Lt.Gen. (ret) James Clapper

Lt.Gen. (ret) James Clapper is a retired lieutenant general in the United States Air Force and is the former Director of National Intelligence and former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, among other roles.

Prof. Rita Colwell

Rita Colwell is Distinguished University Professor at UMD, member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a former director of the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Steve Fetter

Steve Fetter is Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, University of Maryland and former leadership within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Dr. Gary Flake

Gary Flake (UMD PhD 1994) is a technology advisor, investor, and inventor, with past technical leadership roles at Salesforce and Microsoft and as the founder of Yahoo! Research Labs.

Vice Admiral (Ret.) Paul Gaffney

ADM (ret) Paul G. Gaffney, II, was the seventh president of Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, before becoming president emeritus. Admiral Gaffney was the Chief of Naval Research with responsibility for science and technology investment for the Navy and Marine Corps then Commander of Naval Oceanography and Meteorology; he commanded the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and was appointed by President George W. Bush to the United States Commission on Ocean Policy, and served through the full term of the Commission.

Dr. Robert Kahn

Robert Kahn is founder and CEO of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). Among other technical achievements Dr. Kahn was responsible for the system design of the Arpanet and originated DARPA's Internet Program.

Mr. Gilman Louie

Gilman Louie is a partner at Alsop Louie Partners and is the founder and former CEO of In-Q-Tel, an independent, non-profit venture capital firm established with the backing of the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Louie is also a commissioner to the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and Chairman of the Federation of American Scientists.

Admiral (ret) William Moran

Admiral (ret) William Moran is the former Vice Chief of Naval Operations, with previous roles as the Chief of Naval Personnel and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education.

Dr. Alton Romig

Alton Romig is  executive officer of the National Academy of Engineering and former VP & GM   of the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Advanced Development Programs (i.e., Skunk Works) and Deputy Lab Director of Sandia National Laboratories.

Major General (ret) Annette Sobel

Major General (ret) Annette Sobel is Associate Professor in Medical Education and Biomedical Sciences at Texas Tech University and an expert in human factors research. Past roles include senior advisor for biological defense for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Adm (Ret) William Studeman

Adm (Ret) William Studeman is a retired admiral of the United States Navy and former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency -- with two extended periods as acting Director of Central Intelligence -- and former director of the National Security Agency.

Dr. Michael Vickers

Dr. Michael Vickers is a former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.  He previously served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations, Low-Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities, as a CIA Operations Officer, and as an Army Special Forces Officer.

Prof. Ellen Williams

Prof. Ellen D. Williams is Distinguished University Professor, Department of Physics, and Director of the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center at UMD and Chair of the JASONs. Her past experience includes serving as Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E).

Mr. Zachary Lemnios

Mr. Zachary J. Lemnios is an American scientist, executive, and engineer who has worked in government, industry, and academia. Most notably, he held the post of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (currently known as Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering) from 2009 to 2012, and he has served as the first Chief Technology Officer of MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and as Vice President of Research at IBM. Lemnios later founded ZJL Consulting, LLC.

Mr. Jason Matheny

Mr. Jason G. Matheny is an American national security expert who currently serves as president and CEO of the RAND Corporation. Previously, he was a senior civil servant in the Biden Administration. He served as deputy assistant to the president for technology and national security, deputy director for national security in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and coordinator for technology and national security at the White House National Security Council. Matheny previously was the Founding Director of the Center for Security and Emerging Technology and a Commissioner on the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, to which he was appointed by Congress in 2018. Previously, he was an Assistant Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).

Dr. Victor McCrary

Dr. Victor R. McCrary, Jr., currently serves as Vice President for Research and Professor of Chemistry at the University of the District of Columbia. Previously, he was Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the first Vice President for Research and Economic Development and Professor of Chemistry at Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD. Prior to that, McCrary was the Business Area Executive for Science & Technology and principal professional staff at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where he directed internal research and development (IRAD) funding to develop new core competencies and innovations in the areas of national security and space technologies for civilian and military applications.

Dr. Samantha Ravich

Dr. Samantha Ravich is the chair of The Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ (FDD’s) Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation and serves on the advisory boards of FDD’s Center on Economic and Financial Power and Center on Military and Political Power. She is a distinguished advisor to CSC 2.0, having previously served as a commissioner on the congressionally mandated Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and is also a member of the U.S. Secret Service’s Cyber Investigation Advisory Board. Samantha served as deputy national security advisor for Vice President Cheney, focusing on Asian and Middle Eastern affairs as well as on counterterrorism and counter-proliferation. 

Mr. Austin Wang

Mr. Austin Wang is vice president, intelligence at MITRE. In this role, he leads MITRE’s efforts to drive whole-of-nation, joint, and multi-agency solutions through integration across the intelligence community and our larger national security enterprise, while shaping MITRE’s and our nation’s response to national security challenges. A senior intelligence community executive with nearly 30 years in leadership roles, Wang joined MITRE after 21 years with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), most recently as a senior executive and clandestine technical operations lead. 

Dr. Mark Lewis

Dr. Mark Lewis is the Executive Director of NDIA’s Emerging Technologies Institute (NDIA ETI), a non-
partisan think tank focused on technologies that are critical to the future of national defense. Prior to this
position, Dr. Lewis was the Director of Defense Research & Engineering in the Department of Defense
(DoD), overseeing technology modernization for all Services and DoD Agencies, as well as the acting
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering. Dr. Lewis is a professor emeritus at the
University of Maryland, where he served as the Willis Young, Jr., Professor and Chair of the Department of
Aerospace Engineering.