Federal Innovators: Finale!
Company: R&D company that’s developed tools to detect depression and PTSD; sopite syndrome on Navy ships; and instrumental gloves and tablets for deployed surgeons.
Innovative project: Developed DANA, the first FDA-cleared brain health app, which can be used in research, clinical screenings and as a performance testing tool. It was created for the military to detect changes in brain health on the front lines. With FDA clearance, it can be used in theater, in clinics and in homes.
Innovation inspiration: Blood pressure, BMI, temperature and other measures can be tracked, but brain health has been ignored. Was inspired to create a technology to asses cognitive efficiency.
Why this career: Always interested in technology as a bridge between people and action. Kids with disabilities, astronauts in space and surgeons can reach their goals using technology.
Grew up: Born in New York; raised in New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
First job: Babysitter and weed puller
Free time: Climb trees with husband and spend time with kids.
Family: Married 21 years; son (9), daughter (12), two cats, one dog, one gecko and many fish.
Favorite vacation spot: Anyplace new.
Bucket list: Go to Burning Man—oh wait, just did that!
Daily habit: Hit snooze button five times.
Startling fact: Played rugby in college.
Senior Attorney Adviser, FCC Office of Engineering and Technology
Job: Advises on policy issues on cutting-edge tech problems like sharing spectrum between different services and Internet policy.
Innovative project: For the last five years, been involved in the Measuring Broadband America program, the first large scale measurement of consumer broadband performance in the US.
On the job: Since 2012
Innovation inspiration: The notion that you can develop acceptable principles based on engineering practices and scientific analysis and the idea you can collaborate for a common goal.
Why this career: Studied physics and computer science as an undergrad and ended up with an economics degree. Spent time in Japan and Bay area and grew to love computer science as a discipline and liked economics and applied policy analysis. Thought law might offer flexibility to pursue the technical themes and see them in more applied context.
Grew up: Small farm town in Kansas
Why DC: Law school
First job: Washing dishes at Chinese restaurant
Free time: Playing music, outdoor activities and serving as Scout Master for son’s Boy Scout troop.
Family: Married since age 19; teen son and daughter.
Favorite vacation spot: Yosemite
Bucket list: Lead a climb in Julian Alps in Slovenia
Daily habit: Get to the gym to climb
Startling fact: Dropped out of high school, but went to college through arrangement with school administrators.
Company: Cyber threat intelligence monitoring and management.
On the job: Since July 2013
Innovation inspiration: The state of the cybersecurity industry and our customers.
Why this career: Cybersecurity is one of the most critical elements of securing the way people live, work and play. Industry is dynamic and evolving, which offers a continual learning experience.
Grew up: Moved around, came to DC area in ’94 to help build Integrated Data Systems, which was sold to Mantech in ’03.
First job: Aluminum mill outside Gary, IN.
Free time: Ice hockey, skiing and being active.
Family: Two children and two dogs
Favorite vacation spot: Snowmass, CO.
Daily habit: Coffee
Startling fact: “I’m very simple.”
In case you missed the Federal Innovators we've already featured, here's Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 and Part 7. And sign up for the June 11 (tomorrow!) event to honor all these outside-the-box thinkers in Crystal City.
Big thanks to our partners on this project: Eastern Foundry, KPMG, NeoSystems, Sheppard Mullin and JLL.