Dr. Regina Dugan
Dr. Regina E. Dugan, Ph.D., served as Head of Research and Development Unit at Facebook, Inc. since April 2016. Dr. Dugan helps build hardware that uses Facebook's software and complements technologies from Oculus VR and Facebook's artificial intelligence research unit. Dr. Dugan served as VP of Engineering, Advanced Technology and Projects at Google Inc. from February 2014 until May 2016. She served as Senior Vice President of Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) at Google's Motorola Mobility LLC from March 2012 to February 2014. Dr. Dugan has expertise with a wide range of advanced technologies and a demonstrated track record in moving new technologies to use, from sensor systems to big data products. She has deep familiarity with defense and security, as well as commercial industries. She has many years of serving in senior executive positions, with responsibilities that included fostering innovation and developing strategic business relationships across diverse industries and commercial entities large and small.
She co-founded RedXDefense, LLC in 2005 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer until 2009. During her first tour at DARPA from January 1996 to May 2000, she received the program manager of the year award for her leadership of the "Dog's Nose Program", which was focused on the development of an advanced, field-portable system for detecting the explosive content of land mines. From private industry, She has wealth of management, finance, product development and marketing experience to the Agency. Dr. Dugan served most recently as the VP of Engineering at Facebook from May 2016 until January 2018. She served in senior executive positions in several additional companies in roles ranging from global sales and marketing to research and product development. She co-founded Dugan Ventures, where she served as President and Chief Executive Officer. She is also the recipient of the deFleury Medal, the office of the secretary of defense award for exceptional service and the award for outstanding achievement. She has been an Independent Director of Zynga, Inc., since July 9, 2014. She has been an Independent Director at Varian Medical Systems, Inc. since December 15, 2013. She served as Director of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency since July 20, 2009 until March 2012. Dr. Dugan's contributions to the United States military are numerous. She led a counterterrorism task force for the Deputy Secretary of Defense in 1999 and from 2001 to 2003, she served as a special advisor to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, a Quick Reaction Study on Countermine for Enduring Freedom.
Widely recognized for her leadership in technology development and as an experienced public speaker, she has appeared on the Discovery Channel, National Public Radio and The AAAS Science Report. Her projects have been the subject of articles in The New York Times Science Times, The New York Times Circuits, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Chemical and Engineering News and Science News. Dr. Dugan previously participated in wide-ranging studies for the Defense Science Board, Army Science Board, National Research Council and the Science Foundation and sat on the Naval Research Advisory Committee and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Technology Panel. She has participated in wide-ranging studies for the Defense Science Board, the Army Science Board, the National Research Council and Science Foundation and sits on the Naval Research Advisory Committee and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Science and Technology Panel. In 1999, She was named DARPA Program Manager of the Year for her efforts and in 2000 she was awarded the prestigious Bronze deFleury medal by the Army Engineer Regiment. She is also the recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Exceptional Service and the Award for Outstanding Achievement. She is the co-author of Engineering Thermodynamics, 1996. She is sole inventor on one issued patent and inventor or co-inventor on nine additional patents pending. She is the sole inventor or co-inventor on multiple patents and patents pending. Dr. Dugan earned her doctorate in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and her master's and bachelor's degrees from Virginia Tech.