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Dr. Peter Highnam, Deputy Director of DARPA

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-washington-dc-presents-dr-peter-highnam-deputy-director-of-darpa/ Dr. Peter Highnam became the deputy director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in February 2018.</p>Before coming to DARPA, Dr. Highnam was the director of research at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), on assignment from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), for two and a half years. Prior to that assignment, he served six years at the ODNI’s Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), initially as an office director, and then as director.</p>Dr. Highnam worked from 2003 until 2009 in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Initially, he served as a senior advisor in the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with responsibilities in areas where high-performance computing intersects with biomedicine and public health, including computational epidemiology. Subsequently, he served as senior advisor to the director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), where he produced analyses in support of public health decision-making related to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear events, as well as naturally occurring disease.</p>From 1999 to 2003, Dr. Highnam was a DARPA program manager working in electronic warfare and airborne communications. His research in electronic warfare (the Advanced Tactical Targeting Technology (AT3) program) focused on inexpensive approaches to rapidly and accurately target enemy air defense radars from greater standoff distances. Dr. Highnam also investigated technology for high-performance, flexible, and secure networked communication between tactical aircraft (the Tactical Targeting Networking Technologies (TTNT) program), enabling plans to move away from systems such as Link 16.</p>Dr. Highnam worked for more than a decade in applied research at Schlumberger Limited, where he implemented industry-changing seismic data analytics on massively parallel computers. He also served as a director of a successful biomedical imaging startup company.</p>Dr. Highnam holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master of Science in mathematical logic and the foundations of mathematics from the University of Bristol (United Kingdom), and a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Manchester (United Kingdom).</p>Dr. Highnam has received the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, and the NGA Distinguished Civilian Service Award. He is a co-inventor on three patents related to commercial seismic exploration.</p>

6:00 PM: Networking and Food
7:00 PM: Fireside Chat
8:15 PM: Networking
9:00 PM: Wrap up

Dr. Peter Highnam – DARPA (Deputy Director)
Dr. Peter Highnam is the deputy director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Brian Park – Startup Grind Washington D.C. (Chapter Director)
Brian is a startup evangelist, advisor, and angel investor. He is Managing Partner at SparkLabs Cyber+Blockchain, and the Director of Technology at Curator Solutions, an EdTech startup based in DC. He was also formerly the global COO of Startup Grind and has started three previous startups. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Policy & Management/Information Systems.

Emily Burnaman

Global Partner
Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com)
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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (https://www.morganlewis.com/locations/washington-dc)
The Morgan Lewis represents clients whose interests are affected by nearly every facet of the law involving the intersection of business and government—in the United States and around the globe.

SparkLabs Cyber+Blockchain (http://www.sparklabscyber.com)
SparkLabs Cyber + Blockchain accelerator is located in Washington D.C., which is one of the world’s top cybersecurity ecosystems. Along with D.C.’s strengths, SparkLabs is bringing its global network and experience of investing in over 200 startups across six continents to this new global accelerator program. This program will focus on two industry verticals: cybersecurity and blockchain. Both will have more of an enterprise bent, but we will be looking for innovations across the spectrum.

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May 21
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Startup Grind DC


Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
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Washington, DC US
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