Lisa Porter

Senior Vice President
Teledyne Scientific & Imaging

Lisa Porter became a senior vice president at Teledyne Scientific & Imaging in Thousand Oaks, CA in September 2012. From February 2008 until May 2012, she was the first director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. She was responsible for standing up IARPA and setting and executing its strategic vision and direction. Under her leadership, IARPA established cutting-edge research programs in a broad range of areas including biometrics, novel access technologies, cognitive neuroscience, computational linguistics, forecasting, multimedia analytics, software and hardware vulnerability mitigation, computer network operations, and quantum computing.

Prior to her time at IARPA, Dr. Porter served as the associate administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In this position, she was responsible for the executive leadership, strategic direction, and executive program management of all elements of NASA’s aeronautics research portfolio. She also co-chaired the National Science & Technology Council’s Aeronautics Science & Technology Subcommittee and helped to lead the development of the nation’s first Presidential Aeronautics R&D Policy.

Before serving at NASA, Dr. Porter was a program manager and senior scientist in the Advanced Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). While there, she led several programs that tackled a wide variety of hard challenges, including reducing drag on naval vessels, quieting helicopters, and developing low-bit-rate speech encoding technologies for noisy environments.

Dr. Porter has a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in applied physics from Stanford University. She has authored more than 25 publications in a range of technical disciplines including nuclear engineering, solar physics, plasma physics, computational materials modeling, explosives detection, and vibration control of flexible structures.

Dr. Porter received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in 2005, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2008, and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 2012.