Quantitative Methods in Defense and National Security 2007

Keynote Address


Statistics are a central component in a variety of analytical disciplines that support Navy and Marine Corps programs and operations. Dr. McGrath will discuss the impact of statistical analysis on biometrics research and development programs and how statistical analysis within supercomputing supports operational planning, and ship and aircraft design and testing within the Navy and Marine Corps.

BIO: Dr. Michael McGrath is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation. His role is to aggressively drive new technologies from all sources across Navy and Marine Corps platforms and systems, and to develop programs to bridge the gap in transitioning from Science and Technology to Acquisition.

Prior to his appointment to this position in 2003, Dr. McGrath spent five years as Vice President for Government Business at the Sarnoff Corporation, a leading R&D company with both commercial and government clients.

Dr. McGrath has 28 years of prior government experience, in reverse life cycle order. He started in weapon system logistics at NAVAIR in the 1970s, moved into acquisition in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the 1980s, and then into technology development at DARPA in the 1990s.

Dr. McGrath holds a BS in Space Science and Applied Physics, an MS in Aerospace Engineering, and a doctorate in Operations Research from George Washington University.

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