DAG Members

DAG Core Members

• Dr. Pat Gardner (Western Carolina University), Mountaintop Endowed Professor of Engineering & Technology and Director of the Center for Rapid Product Realization
• Dr. Bill Tolone (UNC Charlotte), Professor, Department of Software and Information Systems, and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI)
• Dr. Jag Sankar (North Carolina A&T State University), Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering and Director of the Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures
• Dr. Karl Ricanek (UNC Wilmington), Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Face Aging Group
• Dr. Paul Dayton (UNC-Chapel Hill), Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Biomedical Engineering (Joint UNC-NC State department)
• Dr. Larry Silverberg (NC State University), Professor, Associate Head and Director of Undergraduate Programs, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
• Dr. Stan Ahalt (UNC-Chapel Hill), Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute and Professor of Computer Science — Advisor
• Dr. Rick Bunch (UNC Greensboro), Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Geographic Information Science — Advisor
• Dr. Eric Elbogen (UNC-Chapel Hill), Associate Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine — Advisor
• Dr. Bart Craig (NC State University), Associate Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology — Advisor
• Dr. Chris Dwyer (Duke University), Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science — Advisor
• Kathy MacDonald (Contractor), Technical Consultant
• Dr. Stephen Lee (U.S. Army Research Laboratory – Army Research Office), Chief Scientist (ST), ARL-ARO
• Dr. Mike Shore (U.S. Army Research Office), Senior Scientist, Contractor
• Dr. Robert Spulak (Sandia National Laboratories), Manager of the SOF Program Office, Joint Special Operations University Associate Fellow, Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico — Advisor

DAG Administrative Leads

• Kimrey Rhinehardt (UNC General Administration), Principal Investigator, Vice President for Federal Relations
• Kathie Sidner (UNC General Administration), Technical Coordinator, Defense Applications Engineer, Facility Security Officer
• Dr. Courtney Thornton (UNC General Administration), Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Education

Dr. Pat Gardner

Dr. Patrick Gardner is Director, Center for Rapid Product Realization, and a distinguished professor of electrical engineering at Western Carolina University. He is a retired Lt. Colonel, U.S. Air Force, with 25 years of active-duty service where he led research, development, acquisition and test of aircraft sensors and control systems. From 1999-2003 Dr. Gardner was assigned to the U.S. Special Operations Command as a liaison officer for both the Air Force and the U.S. Dept. of Energy. He represented 10 Air Force labs and 14 National labs, providing rapid response technology solutions to meet urgent fielding needs for military Special Forces.

Dr. Bill Tolone

Dr. William J. Tolone is Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) and Professor in the Department of Software and Information Systems at UNC Charlotte. His research interests include: Integrated Modeling and Simulation; Critical Infrastructure Analysis; Visual Analytics; Agent‐based Integration; Collaborative Systems; and Meta‐Level Architectures. He has received competitive research grants and contracts from NSF, DoD, NSA, SPAWAR/USN, ERDC/USACE, NIST, DOT, DHS, and industry.

Dr. Jag Sankar

Dr. Sankar is one of the first Distinguished University Professors at N.C. Agricultural & Technical State University (NCAT), serving as director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, director of the Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures, director and principal investigator for the Navy Center for Nanoscience and Nanomaterials, and site coordinator for the NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center. Dr. Sankar has generated more than $45 Million of competitive research funding for NCAT and filed ten patent and invention disclosures.

Dr. Karl Ricanek, Jr.

Dr. Karl Ricanek Jr. is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at University of North Carolina Wilmington. Dr. Ricanek is the founder and director of the Face Aging Group Research Lab at UNCW where he has been the primary project lead on more than $5 Million in Department of Defense and intelligence funded research since 2003. Dr. Ricanek is the Director for the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies in Identity Sciences (I2SIS) that was awarded in August 2010. He is one of four chosen researchers to form the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Center of Academic Excellence in Identity Sciences (CASIS). He has extensive research background in face recognition technology, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, and machine and computer vision.

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