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Stephen T. Homeyer

Deputy Director of the
Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC)

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Dr. Stephen Homeyer is currently on a Joint Duty Assignment from National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), serving as the Deputy Director of Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). In this role, he is involved in all aspects of the stand-up of this new organization.

Dr. Homeyer previously served as the Deputy Director of NGA’s Research Directorate, where he led the efforts to transform the structure, business practices, policies, and culture of NGA’s new NGA Research Directorate that is focused on the development of powerful new technologies for NGA, DoD and the IC.  He also served as the Research Career Service Senior Lead, providing oversight and management in all career service processes, including the promotion processes, competitive call for training, rotational assignments as well as all hiring activities.

Prior to this assignment, Dr. Homeyer served as Senior Strategy Advisor for Science and Technology in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. During this time, he designed and led the first joint ODNI/NGA S&T Strategic Study entitled “Strategic Opportunities for GEOINT” with participation of government experts from across the IC including: NGA, CIA, DNI, IARPA, NCTC, FBI, NASIC, NIST, NRO, NSA, and AFRL.

Dr. Homeyer served as the Director of NGA’s Basic and Applied Research Office from 2004 until 2011 He focused on growing the Office’s scientific capability (from 40 staff in 2005 to 160 scientific staff in 2010) by hiring the best and brightest Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. level graduates in mathematics, physics, engineering, and computer science. He ensured the office’s R&D efforts in the areas of Geodesy and Geophysics, Sensors and Signatures, Photogrammetry and Algorithms, and Geospatial Analytics, were relevant to the analyst and aligned with the warfighter’s needs. As a result of his persistent focus on teaming his scientists closely with their operational counterparts, numerous new technologies were advanced into in-theater demonstrations and subsequently into operational use during his tenure.

Prior to joining the NGA, Dr. Homeyer was the Chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit from 1999 to 2004. He placed significant emphasis on ensuring that each research project was based on well- defined operational requirements and provided tangible deliverables into the hands of the end-user. While at the FBI, Dr. Homeyer worked closely with Congressional staffers to increase the annual budget from $500,000 in 2000 to nearly $30,000,000, in 2004. He led the renovation and modernization of the FBIs 60,000 square foot Forensic Science Research and Training Center. Dr. Homeyer also designed and launched a major R&D initiative to automate DNA analysis using lab-on-a-chip and expert computer systems technologies. He revitalized and structured the FBIs Visiting Scientist Program into a vibrant effort bringing academic scientists from across the country into the FBI to work side-by-side with FBI researchers and examiners.

Dr. Homeyer began his professional research career in 1989 as a Research Chemist at AlliedSignal Research & Technology in Illinois. In his ten years at AlliedSignal, he worked as a Senior Research Chemist, as well as an Aerospace Business Unit Liaison. He developed and commercialized a family of air purification catalysts for a number of applications. He also developed a novel ozone destruction catalyst for the Boeing 777 and led the development, engineering, and demonstration of a novel HVAC-based Indoor Air Purification System. Dr. Homeyer was also the technical lead of a $21,000,000 DOE-sponsored effort to develop automotive fuel cell power systems.

Dr. Homeyer holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and MS in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University. He graduated Cum Laude with Honors in Chemistry from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama with a dual major (Chemistry and Mathematics) B.A. degree and has his A.A. and A.S. degrees from Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois. He has received over 16 major technical and managerial awards during his professional career including, the “Air Quality Initiative Leadership Award,” the “Best Patent Disclosure Award for Air Quality Systems,” and the “Technical Achievement Award for his B777 Ozone Destruction Catalyst.” He holds seven patents and has published 15 scientific papers in a variety of peer-reviewed technical journals. Dr. Homeyer has also been an adjunct faculty member at several colleges throughout his career, teaching classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels.