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Michael D. Bender, Director

Mr. Michael D. Bender is the Director of the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS). In this role, he works with government, academic and industry partners to investigate and implement innovative classified and unclassified solutions for tactical strategic analytic challenges in support of Intelligence Community missions.

EDUCATION:  Mr. Bender graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Electrical Engineering in 1985. He also graduated from Loyola College in Maryland with Master of Science Degrees in Computer Engineering (1999) and Electrical Engineering (200 I) and currently teaches graduate courses in communications, networking and signals processing. Mr. Bender received certificates for coursework at the Georgetown School of Public Policy, at The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and at the University of Virginia in managing organizational change.

PRIOR POSITIONS:  Mr. Bender began work at NSA in 1984 where he was assigned as an electronics engineer.  He has served as a project engineer, program manager and line manager in a variety of technical organizations within NSA since that time.  He has served as a technical leader and manager in the Research and Development and a technical leader in Signals Intelligence during which he was responsible for providing the software, associated operational concepts and the infrastructure needed to support Computer Network Operations. He worked with Information Assurance through a series of short-term technical assignments to improve joint research and development of the SIGINT and Information Assurance missions. Mr. Bender served as the Associate Technical Director of the National Threat Operations Center. He is the former Technical Director of Analysis & Production within the Signals Intelligence Directorate at the National Security Agency. He provides technical guidance on the strategic initiatives that support the investment portfolios for analytic modernization and for building partnership capacity.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:  Mr. Bender has worked at NSA for his entire career. He received a Presidential Rank Award and was awarded the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement.He serves on Advisory Boards for MIT/LL and the National Labs. Mr. Bender is an Associate Faculty at Loyola University and a guest lecturer on cyber security and analysis. He is a Senior Member of IEEE Communications and Signals Processing Societies, the Association for Computing Machinery and an active member of the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute.




Dr. Alyson Wilson, Principal Investigator

Dr. Alyson Wilson is a Professor in the Department of Statistics and Principal Investigator for the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences at North Carolina State University. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a recognized expert in statistical reliability, Bayesian methods, and the application of statistics to problems in defense and national security. She is the coordinator of NCSU’s Data-Driven Science cluster and the Associate Director of NC State’s Data Science Initiative.”

Prior to joining NCSU, Dr. Wilson was a Research Staff Member at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute in Washington, DC (2011-2013), where she helped provide research support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Before her move to Washington, Dr. Wilson was an Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University (2008-2011). From 1999-2008, she was a Project Leader and Technical Lead for Department of Defense Programs in the Statistical Sciences Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In this role, she developed and led a portfolio of work in the application of statistics to the reliability of conventional and nuclear weapons. Dr. Wilson continues her collaboration with Los Alamos as a Guest Scientist.

Prior to her move to Los Alamos, Dr. Wilson was a senior statistician and operations research analyst with Cowboy Programming Resources (1995-1999), where she planned, executed, and analyzed U. S. Army air defense artillery operational evaluations. From 1990-1991, she was a mathematical statistician at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Wilson is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. She is the former Reviews Editor for the Journal of the American Statistical Association and theAmerican Statistician and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Uncertainty Quantification. She is the winner of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Director’s Distinguished Performance Award (2008), the LANL Star Award (2008), the DOE Defense Programs Award of Excellence (2007), and the LANL Achievement Award (2000, 2005). She is a founder and past-chair of the American Statistical Association’s Section on Statistics in Defense and National Security.

In addition to numerous publications, Dr. Wilson has co-authored a book, Bayesian Reliability, and has co-edited two other books, Statistical Methods in Counterterrorism: Game Theory, Modeling, Syndromic Surveillance, and Biometric Authentication and Modern Statistical and Mathematical Methods in Reliability. She holds a patent for her early work in medical imaging.

Dr. Wilson received her Ph.D. in Statistics from Duke University, her M.S. in Statistics from Carnegie-Mellon University, and her B.A. in Mathematical Sciences from Rice University.


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LAS aims to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of academic, industry, and government researchers, analysts and managers together to re-engineer the intelligence analysis process to promote predictive analysis. LAS will do this by conducting both classified and unclassified research in a variety of areas of research. The research done in this area will serve as the foundation for mission effects and integrated back into the enterprise.

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