Peter Highnam appointed Deputy Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Jan. 11, 2018: Peter Highnam was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) at the U.S. Department of Defense by DARPA Director Steven Walker on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Highnam succeeds Stefanie Tompkins, who is scheduled to resign this month, January, 2018, to take a post as the vice president for research and technology transfer at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Tompkins worked at DARPA for ten years and was the Acting Deputy Director of the agency since January, 2017. Highnam most recently worked as a Research Director at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for the past two-and-a-half years. Before that, he worked for six years at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Advanced Research Projects Activity office (IARPA), initially as an Office Director, and then as Director. From 1999 to 2003, Highnam was a DARPA Program Manager, working in electronic warfare and airborne communications. Highnam is a co-inventor on three patents in commercial seismic exploration, and he received a doctorate in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. NGA is also a division of the Defense Department.

Attribution: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

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