Regina Dugan, who is the first woman to be the director of DARPA, took over last summer. Those who know her say she has a knack for inspiring, and indeed insisting on, creative thinking.
Her biggest challenges, however, lie ahead. She must orchestrate the work of the military, contractors and universities around a set of ideas to produce scientific and technological breakthroughs. DARPA is built around specific projects undertaken by elite scientists and engineers who sign on for several years to provide service to the country.
Dugan served as a chair and presented several papers in SPIE mine detection conferences in the late 1990s.
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