Dr. Jason Matheny, IARPA Director
Dr. Jason Matheny became IARPA's director in 2015, after serving as a program manager, associate office director, and office director. Before IARPA, he worked at Oxford University, the World Bank, the Applied Physics Laboratory, the Center for Biosecurity and Princeton University, and is the co-founder of two biotechnology companies. Dr. Matheny holds a Ph.D. in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University, an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University, an M.B.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from the University of Chicago. He received the Intelligence Community's Award for Individual Achievement in Science and Technology.
Dr. Stacey Dixon, IARPA Deputy Director
Dr. Stacey Dixon joined IARPA as its Deputy Director in January 2016. Dr. Dixon joins us from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) where she most recently served as Deputy Director of InnoVision and oversaw geospatial intelligence research and development. Prior to InnoVision, she served as NGA’s Chief of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. From 2007 to 2010 she worked on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) staff, and for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) assigned to the National Reconnaissance Organization (NRO)’s Advanced Systems and Technology Directorate from 2003 to 2007. Dr. Dixon holds doctorate and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She was a chemical engineering postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Dixon is a native Washingtonian and currently resides in the District of Columbia.
Dr. William Vanderlinde, Chief Scientist
Dr. William Vanderlinde is IARPA’s Chief Scientist. He was a program manager from 2009 to 2012, leading the CAT and ATHENA programs. He re-joined IARPA in March 2015 as an office director, and became chief scientist in 2016. Dr. Vanderlinde’s work has focused on microelectronics and advanced microscopy, with applications to supply-chain assurance and high-performance computing. He hold two patents for high-resolution electron imaging and has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. His previous positions include Technical Director of the DOD Microelectronics Research Laboratory and as Team Leader for Nanotechnology at the Laboratory for Physical Sciences. He was General Chair of the International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis in 2010 and serves on the Electron Device Failure Analysis Society Board of Directors. He holds a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in physics from the University of Virginia. He is a DNI Fellow and an elected Fellow of ASM International.
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.
Dr. Lee Knauss, Chief of Technology Transition
Dr. Lee Knauss became IARPA’s Chief of Technology Transition in 2016, after supporting IARPA since 2008 as a government contractor providing technical and programmatic support to several programs, and later leading a team of technical and programmatic contractor staff. Prior to IARPA, Dr. Knauss worked at Neocera for 12 years as director of their magnetic field imaging product line. He led the transition of this technology from research labs at the University of Maryland to a commercial product that was ultimately adopted by many major semiconductor companies around the world. Prior to Neocera, he spent two years on a postdoctoral fellowship at the Naval Research Laboratory working on ferroelectric thin films for electro-optic applications. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Moravian College, and a master’s and doctorate in physics from Lehigh University. He holds several patents in magnetic imaging and materials processing, and was recently selected as a Fellow of ASM International.