Defense technology chief among 50 Most presenters

dr_brothersDr. Reginald Brothers, deputy assistant secretary of defense for research, is among the opening speakers for Innovation & Equity 14: 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology on Jan. 15, 2014 at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Reginald Brothers joined the Office of the Assistant  Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering as the Deputy Assistant  Secretary of Defense for Research on December 6, 2011. Dr. Brothers is  responsible for policy and oversight of Department of Defense (DoD) Science and  Technology (S&T) programs from Basic Research through Advanced Technology  Development. He is also responsible for oversight of DoD laboratories, ensuring  the long-term strategic direction of the Department’s S&T programs, and for  developing those technologies needed for continued technological superiority of  U.S.  forces.

Before assuming this position, Dr. Brothers was a BAE  Systems Technical Fellow in the areas of Communication, Sensor and Optical  Systems. He was the Director of Mission Applications for the Communications and  Networking Business Area, where he led a team developed to determine critical  warfighter capability gaps, architect technical solutions and determine  strategic alignment and business rationale for new opportunities.

Dr. Brothers also served on several committees of the  National Academies of Science, including the Board on Army Science and  Technology.

Dr. Brothers was a Program Manager in the Defense Advanced  Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Strategic Technology Office (STO). While at  DARPA, he led efforts in Wireless Communications, RADAR and LADAR systems and  precision navigation and targeting.

Prior to his work at DARPA, he was the Group Leader of the  Distributed Information Networks Group at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory,  Chief Architect at Envoy Networks (a successful 3G wireless start-up company),  and an assistant Group Leader at Lincoln Laboratory where he specialized in the  areas of RF and Optical communications.

Dr. Brothers received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University,  an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University and a  Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts  Institute of Technology.

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