Lois Hollan has provided strategic and programmatic management consulting to government agencies for nearly 25 years, specializing in performance-based, technology innovation environments, specifically the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).  She is committed to excellence through focused, goal-oriented management, optimal teamwork approaches, and the employment of best practices.

Ms. Hollan’s success at DARPA has pivoted around the cultivation of project-centric organizational structures that support program component development as well as the transformation of basic research results and the support of advanced prototype products, to a successful end state. She has been recognized as a leader in the formation and advancement of the DARPA Image Understanding research community and has edited seven published DARPA Image Understanding Proceedings that defined the standard in technology developments in such areas as camera stabilization, automatic fingerprint identification, and innovative target recognition capabilities. Her efforts in the transition of DARPA-developed video exploitation technology resulted in the transition of critical capabilities to high-value unmanned aircraft and weapons systems.

In November 2006, she served on the outreach network of the US House Science Committee on Science and Technology on the conceptualization of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) where she imparted comprehensive insight into the unique culture of DARPA, including the basic tenets of the organization, and the need for an articulated partnership between ARPA-E programs and the Department of Energy Laboratory portfolios.

Since 2012, she has provided programmatic and strategic support to the Secretary of Defense S&T Priority, Engineered Resilient Systems. Working closely with the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), she has helped formalize and expand the program reach and is leading the industry outreach on the development of the architecture and toolset. Ms. Hollan works closely with the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) to develop industrial and commercial partnerships.

Lois Hollan is a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies where she previously worked on staff on the formation of innovative technology ideas and projects. She was certified in project management by Litton PRC, and is a current member of the Project Management Institute. She Ms. Hollan is one of the first recipients of a DARPA Director’s Certificate of Appreciation and has received several performance awards from Litton PRC and Booz Allen Hamilton. She has also been a contributing writer to NBC Universal Sports.

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