Dr. Victoria Coleman is new DARPA director

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The Department of Defense has named Dr. Victoria Coleman as the director of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Dr. Coleman’s career spans over 30 years in academia, the private sector, and government, including previous service as the founding chair of DARPA’s Microsystems Exploratory Council and membership on the Defense Science Board, the Defense department said in a statement.

Dr. Coleman has led research and development across the technology sector, to include service as the chief executive of Atlas AI; senior vice president at Technicolor; CTO of Connected Home Business; vice president, Engineering at Yahoo; vice president, Software Engineering at Hewlett-Packard Palm Global Business Unit; and director for Security Initiatives at Intel.

Dr. Coleman completed her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Salford and earned her doctorate in computer science from the University of Manchester. Her background includes leading research at the University of California Berkeley, Santa Clara University, and the University of London.