Zachary Lemnios

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Zachary Lemnios

Zachary J. Lemnios (born February 21, 1955)[1] is an American scientist who formerly held the post of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)), which used to be known as Director, Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E), in the United States Government. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 19, 2009, and sworn in as on July 2, 2009.[2]

On November 20, 2012 he was reported to have submitted his resignation letter to President Obama.[3] On November 30, 2012 he left the Pentagon and joined IBM.[4][5]


Mr. Lemnios received his BSEE from the University of Michigan and his MSEE from Washington University in St. Louis in 1979.[6]

Other achievements[edit]

He has authored over 40 papers, holds 4 patents in advanced Gallium arsenide device and MMIC technology and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Mr. Lemnios is a Principal member, Committee on Technology of the National Science and Technology Council; Advisor, Defense Acquisition Board; Chairman, Radiation Hardened Oversight Council (RHOC); Chairman, Defense Science and Technology Advisory Group (DSTAG); Chairman, Armed Services Biomedical Research Evaluation and Management Committee; Chairman, DoD Combat Feeding Research and Engineering Board (CFREB); and Chairman, DoD Biometrics Executive Committee.

Before assuming the position of ASD(R&E), Mr. Lemnios was the Chief Technology Officer of MIT Lincoln Laboratory, responsible for coordinating technology strategy across the organization and for establishing and growing external strategic relationships to support current and future Laboratory missions. He also served as Assistant Division Head of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Solid State Division, as a member of the Laboratory's Senior Management Council and as the Co-Chair of the Laboratory's New Technology Initiative (NTI) Board.

Mr. Lemnios received special recognition from the Australian Government Department of Defence and was awarded Office of Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service and the Office of Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

Personal life[edit]

Between 2002 and 2005, while at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Mr. Lemnios was Director of the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), and previous to that, the Deputy Director of the Information Processing Technology Office (IPTO). In these positions, he oversaw the development of future research thrusts, analyzed and evaluated program proposals and engagements with commercial, academic organizations and represented DARPA on various national committees.

Mr. Lemnios also held various positions within industry at Hughes Aircraft Company, Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Ford Microelectronics, Inc. that led to the development and demonstration of advanced microelectronic components. He has served on numerous DoD, industry and academic committees.

Mr. Lemnios was nominated by the Department of Defense to be one of the USA Science and Engineering Festival's Nifty Fifty Speakers to speak about his work and career to middle and high school students in October 2010.[7] The event was widely attended by members of the Greek community. However, the Asian community largely boycotted the event.


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  2. ^ "Biography - Zachary J. Lemnios". 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  3. ^ "DOD head of research and engineering submits resignation". 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
  4. ^ "Pentagon's Top Technologist Joins I.B.M." 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
  5. ^ "IBM research honcho: From the Pentagon to the 'toy shop'". 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
  6. ^ "Alumni News - Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering - Washington University". 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
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Government offices
Preceded by
John J. Young, Jr.
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
2009 – 2012
Succeeded by
Stephen P. Welby