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Dr. Stacey Dixon, IARPA Director

Dr. Stacey Dixon became IARPA’s fourth director in September 2018, after serving as the deputy director from January 2016 to August 2018.  Before joining IARPA, Dr. Dixon served as the deputy director of the InnoVision directorate at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, where she oversaw geospatial intelligence research and development. Prior to InnoVision, she served as NGA’s chief of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of Corporate Communications. From 2007 to 2010, she worked on the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence staff, and from 2003 to 2007, for the Central Intelligence Agency, assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office’s Advanced Systems and Technology directorate. Dr. Dixon holds both a doctorate and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She was also a chemical engineering postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Dixon is a native of the District of Columbia where she currently resides.

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Dr. Paul Lehner, Chief of Testing and Evaluation

Dr. Paul Lehner is IARPA’s chief of testing and evaluation. He joined IARPA in 2015 as a program manager for the Scientific advances to Continuous Insider Threat Evaluation (SCITE) program, and became chief of testing and evaluation in 2016. Prior to IARPA, he worked at MITRE and served in several roles, including chief engineer for the Information Technology Division and the Internal Revenue Service Federally Funded Research and Development Center. Before MITRE, he was an associate professor of system engineering at George Mason University and the technical director for the Decision Systems Group at PAR Technology Corporation. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bethany College in West Virginia. He has masters’ degrees in mathematics and psychology, and a doctorate in mathematical psychology from the University of Michigan. His doctoral dissertation focused on automated reasoning and strategic planning in the oriental game of Go.

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Ms. Marianne Kramer, Chief of Technology Transition

Marianne Kramer is IARPA’s chief of technology transition. She joined IARPA in December 2017 from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency where she held the position of Technology Transition Lead for NGA Research. Prior to that, Ms. Kramer served as the Division Chief for Planning and Transition in InnoVision at NGA. Ms. Kramer represented NGA or its predecessor organizations (National Imagery and Mapping Agency and Defense Mapping Agency) by supporting geospatial intelligence and research efforts while stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio from 1995 – 2015. During that span, she spent two years with the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Central Measurement and Signature Intelligence Office. Ms. Kramer holds a master’s in analytical geography from Binghamton University and a master’s in leadership and change from Antioch University. She received her bachelor’s in humanities and anthropology from Providence College. Currently she is pursuing a doctoral degree in leadership and change at Antioch University. In 2017, she received the Sharon Parish Leader Award from NGA and she was party to an Intelligence Community Science and Technology team award in 2013.

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