Donald M. Kerr is a Research Professor in George Mason University’s Volgenau School of Engineering, and also serves as a Trustee for the MITRE Corporation and a Director of U.S.Space, LLC. Previously, he was confirmed by the Senate on October 4th, 2007 as Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and served in that position until January 20th, 2009. He was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in March 2009.
From July 21st, 2005, Dr. Kerr served as the fifteenth Director of the National Reconnaissance Office. He previously served as Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the Central Intelligence Agency since August 2001, and he received the CIA Distinguished Intelligence Medal in September 2005.
From October 1997 until August 2001, Dr. Kerr was an Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in charge of the Laboratory Division. Dr. Kerr’s prior government service was with the Department of Energy from August 1976 through July 1979, first in Las Vegas as Deputy Manager of Nevada Operations, and subsequently in Washington, D.C., as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs and later for Energy Technology. He received the DOE Outstanding Service Award in July 1979.
Dr. Kerr held several key executive positions in private industry. From 1993 through 1996, he was Corporate Executive Vice President and Director at Science Applications International Corporation. Dr. Kerr was President and Director of EG&G, Inc., from 1989 through 1992. He served as a Director of Resources for the Future from 1990 through 1999 and on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers Board from 1987 through 1992.
Dr. Kerr was the fourth Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1979 to 1985. He was also employed at Los Alamos from 1966 until 1976, conducting and leading research in high altitude weapons effects, nuclear test detection and analysis, weapons diagnostics, ionospheric physics, and alternative energy programs.
Dr. Kerr received his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1963 and went on to earn an M.S. in microwave electronics and a Ph.D. in plasma physics and microwave electronics at Cornell. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and serves as a member of the Defense Science Board.