|Ms. Amy Brown Gagnon, Director
Ms. Amy Brown Gagnon is the Director of the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS), located on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh. In this role she works with government, academic, and industry partners to research and implement solutions to the Intelligence Community’s strategic analysis challenges. She is a career employee of the National Security Agency, where she is currently a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader.
Ms. Brown Gagnon graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in French and Business. Throughout her intelligence community career, which has spanned almost four decades, she has continuously sought educational opportunities, gaining proficiency in three additional languages and pursuing graduate studies in Organizational Design and Leadership at Duquesne University and Colorado State.
For more than 20 years of her career, Ms. Brown Gagnon served in analysis-related roles, first focusing on Cold War era adversaries, later shifting to counter-terrorism, and eventually leading an analytic tradecraft organization, always with a foreign language foundation. She has also worked in a diverse cross-section of NSA support offices, including Policy, Foreign Affairs, and Equal Employment Opportunity, and she has served in two joint duty assignments, one at an Intelligence Community partner agency and the other with United States Cyber Command. Most recently, as the NSA/CSS Senior Language Authority, Ms. Brown Gagnon led the 12,000 member military and civilian cryptologic language community, working to build language capacity in order to address current and future mission challenges.
During Ms. Brown Gagnon’s years working counter-terrorism, her teams were recognized with the Exceptional Achievement Medal, a National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation, and two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards. She is a 2011 recipient of the Director’s Individual Leadership Award and has also received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
Outside of work, Ms. Brown Gagnon and her husband enjoy playing and watching sports (especially Red Sox baseball and Penn State football), hiking, listening to live music of all sorts, and traveling. She has five children, two step-children, and four grandsons, including a set of twins!
Dr. Alyson Wilson, Principal Investigator
Dr. Alyson Wilson is the Principal Investigator for the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences, Associate Vice Chancellor for National Security and Special Research Initiatives, and Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University.
Prior to joining NC State, Dr. Wilson was a research staff member at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute in Washington, DC (2011-2013), an associate professor in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University (2008-2011), a project leader and technical lead for Department of Defense Programs in the Statistical Sciences Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1999-2008), and a senior statistician and operations research analyst with Cowboy Programming Resources (1995-1999).
Dr. Wilson is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and a member of the NC State Research Leadership Academy. She is the winner of the American Statistical Association Section on Statistics in Defense and National Security Distinguished Achievement Award (2018), NC State Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award (2017), and the Army Wilks Award (2015). 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.