Program Managers at IARPA

IARPA Program Managers (PMs) bring both imagination and proven technical expertise to address the challenges facing the Intelligence Community (IC). The work of IARPA Program Managers has direct impact on the IC's future capabilities and, more broadly, on the field of science.

You Could Be Our Next Program Manager

If you have a creative idea that could provide the nation with a significant intelligence advantage, apply to join the IARPA team as a Program Manager.

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The PM Role

IARPA Program Managers develop new concepts to address an IC problem, then manage the research from start to finish. They chart the course for their program, which includes:

  • identifying goals and objectives
  • developing rigorous test and evaluation criteria
  • specifying short- and long-term milestones to gauge the health of the program
  • managing all technical, procurement, and financial aspects of the program

IARPA Program Managers

IARPA PMs work closely with the research teams in the development of new breakthrough technologies.

IARPA PMs serve for limited terms (3-5 years is the length of a typical IARPA program), which ensures a constant infusion of fresh thinking and new perspectives.

Program ManagerProgram(s)Research AreasContact Info
Dr. Terry Adams Aladdin Video, DIVA Face and object recognition, large-scale video processing, machine learning, statistical learning theory, probability, ergodic theory, dynamical systems, sequence learning, deep learning
Dr. Jeff Alstott   S&T forecasting, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, biology, cognitive science, complex systems, networks, statistics
Dr. John Beieler   Human language technology, information extraction and retrieval, event extraction, forecasting, machine learning, deep learning, social science
Dr. Brad Blakestad LogiQ Quantum computing, quantum information science, sensing, atomic physics
Dr. Chris Boehnen Odin, Janus Computer vision, face recognition, biometrics, machine learning, genetics, bioinformatics, 3D face recognition, age estimation, 3D printing, human subjects research, pattern recognition
Dr. Torreon Creekmore HFGeo Radiative transfer modeling, vicarious calibration, observational analysis, atmospheric correction, aerosol/cloud retrieval, remote sensing, automation, autonomy, and climate change and land use
Dr. Kristy DeWitt


Chemical detection and identification (including standoff, remote, and ultra-compact/low power approaches), spectroscopy/spectrometry/chromatography, optical sensors, novel laser designs, frequency combs, nonlinear optics, fiber optic sensors/lasers/devices
Dr. Merrick DeWitt


Space situational awareness, optical interferometry, fiber optics, image reconstruction, computational imaging, small aperture telescopes, adaptive optics, astrometry, astronomy, optical sensors, optics, optical design
Dr. Amanda Dion-Schultz


Synthetic biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, and biological defense

Dr. Seth Goldstein HFC Forecasting (especially techniques involving crowdsourcing, innovative combinations/interactions of human and machine models/forecasts/forecasters/ data, or for rare events), human judgment and individual/group decision-making, cognitive/social psychology, machine learning, human subjects research, analytic tradecraft, experimental design, quantitative and qualitative methodologies in social science.
Dr. Mark Heiligman HECTOR, SuperTools Mathematics (algebra, number theory and algebraic geometry), cryptology, quantum information science (theoretical and experimental), computer science-theory of algorithms, symbolic computation, complexity theory, machine learning, computer-human interfaces, scientometrics, geology
Dr. Alexis Jeannotte


Human cognition and intelligence, mobile sensing, wearable devices, social psychology and neuroscience, deception, trust, motivation, creativity, human performance, second language learning, cross-cultural training, identity
Dr. Kristen Jordan

Mercury, Proteos

Biomarkers of exposure, chemical/biological warfare, Ebola, emerging biotechnologies, weapons of mass destruction, SIGINT analytics, event forecasting
Dr. John Julias Fun GCAT Synthetic biology, bioinformatics, computational modelling of biological interactions, systems biology, host pathogen interactions, pathogen evolution, weapons of mass destruction
Dr. Hakjae Kim CORE3D, Finder large-scale 3D modeling, remote sensing and information fusion, machine learning, quantitative analysis, statistical inference, tactical systems for military intelligence, novel navigation concepts, micro unmanned vehicles
Dr. Paul Lehner FOCUS, SCITE Engineering enterprises that detect low probability events with low accuracy sensors, innovative research methods to evaluate analytic and forecasting tradecraft, innovative statistical methods to estimate performance of systems addressing complex analysis and forecasting problems, scientific research on organizational lessons-learned methods, evidence-based forecasting methods, inductive logic, probabilistic reasoning and its application to analytic tradecraft
Mr. Kerry Long VirtUE Hypervisor security and instrumentation, novel uses of virtualization technologies to accomplish security goals, novel operating system monitoring techniques, malicious cyber behavior detection analytics
Dr. Marc Manheimer C3, SuperCables Superconducting computing technology, low-energy computing technology, cryogenic phenomena, cryogenic devices, cryogenic systems
Dr. David Markowitz MICrONS Computational neuroscience, machine learning, non-invasive brain-machine interfaces, robotics, autonomous control, biotechnology

Dr. Carl McCants TIC, RAVEN Semiconductor test, defect analysis, failure analysis, imaging, microscopy, logic analysis, circuit analysis, fault isolation, circuit edit, sample preparation, microelectronics, nondestructive analysis, nanoscale imaging, hardware assurance
Dr. Chris Pope   Biophysics, chemistry, materials science, sensor development, counter weapons of mass destruction; chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives detection
Mr. Robert Rahmer CAUSE, FUSE Cybersecurity, cyber-event forecasting, cyber-actor behavior and cultural understanding, threat intelligence, threat modeling, cyber-event coding, cyber-kinetic event detection
Dr. Steven Rieber CREATE Forecasting, logic and critical thinking, human judgment
Dr. Karl Roenigk   Novel approaches to solutions of hard combinatorial optimization problems via quantum-enhanced quantum annealing and efficient classical methods, advanced all-optical and memristor processing providing speed and power-performance beyond the reach of digital CMOS for dot-product intensive applications
Dr. Carl Rubino


linguistics, typology, machine translation, human language technology for low resource languages

Dr. Jeff Weinschenk


Underwater/maritime applications involving unmanned vehicles, payloads and infrastructure; associated technology enablers in autonomy, energy, communications, navigation, sensing, robotics and mobility; novel concepts for access and collection
Mr. Sam Wilson   Propulsion/power system installation & optimization for aerospace and power systems; applications involving unmanned vehicles; associated technology enablers in autonomy, energy harvesting, energy utilization/conservation, communications, navigation, sensing, robotics and mobility; novel concepts for access and collection
Mr. Stephen Winchell

Presidential Innovation Fellow

  Novel concepts for access and collection in underwater/maritime applications involving unmanned vehicles, payloads and infrastructure. Applications of machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, and statistics to sensor data. Cybersecurity, cyber-physical systems, digital signal processing, and biometrics.