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Zachary Leminos

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 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

He has authored over 40 papers, holds 4 patents in advanced Gallium arsenide device and MMIC technology and is a Senior Member 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.

Personal life

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 has been nominated by the Department of Defense to be one of the USA Science and Engineering Festival's Nifty Fifty Speakers who will speak about his work and career to middle and high school students in October 2010.[7]

Honorable Lemnios although American, is of Greek descent and has had a lasting impression in the Greek Community of his hometown of Lexington, Massachusetts

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Government offices
Preceded by
John J. Young, Jr.
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
2009 – Present

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