Program Manager, Experimental Spaceplane and Gremlins
Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA)
Mr. Scott Wierzbanowski joined DARPA in November 2016 as a program manager in the Tactical Technology Office. His interests include technology development and demonstration for aircraft and weapons with a focus on autonomous and semi-autonomous air systems, manned/unmanned teaming, and reusable space launch.
Prior to joining DARPA as a PM, Mr. Wierzbanowski was the executive director for space and advanced technologies at ManTech International Corporation where he steered the company’s growth into advanced technology organizations such as DARPA, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). He also served 20 years in the US Air Force as a test pilot, program manager in advanced weapon programs, and international affairs specialist. He was a command pilot with more than 2,000 hours, primarily in the F-16 Fighting Falcon and AT-38 Talon, including 50 combat hours in Operations Northern Watch and Provide Comfort.
Mr. Wierzbanowski holds a Bachelor of Science in astronautical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master of Sciences in aerospace engineering from the University of Alabama, and a Master of Science in systems engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the École du Personnel Navigant d'Essais et de Réception, the test pilot school for the French Military.