Dr. Regina Dugan, according to a NineSigma 2001 profile, "from 1996 to 2000, directed a diverse $100 million portfolio of R&D programs at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Her primary program was aimed at developing new trace chemical sensors. In this capacity, Dr. Dugan led an interdisciplinary team of more than 100 academic, industrial, government, and military participants. Her program was successful in the creation of several revolutionary technologies and, most importantly, in their follow-on transition to multiple commercial and military products through private capitalization activities and follow-on acquisition programs.
"Most recently, Dr. Dugan spearheaded the development of a strategic plan and marketing approach for a $15 million pre-seed venture capital fund and served as a 'technology scout' for multiple organizations.
"Dr. Dugan has been widely recognized for her leadership in technology development. She has appeared on the Discovery Channel, National Public Radio, and the AAAS Science Report and her projects have been the subject of articles in The New York Times Science Times, The New York Times Circuits, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Chemical and Engineering News and Science News, among others. Dr. Dugan and her program were featured in an article entitled 'Pentagon Agency Thrives on In-Your-Face Science', Science, 1999.
"She has received numerous awards, including the DARPA Program Manager of the Year Award, the deFleury Medal, the most prestigious Award of the Army Engineer Regiment, for her commitment and success in leading the effort to develop a land mine detection system, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Service.
"Dr. Dugan obtained her PhD in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and her master's and bachelor's degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is the co-author of Engineering Thermodynamics. Additionally, Dr. Dugan is the sole inventor on a patent for refueling satellites in orbit, and she has several additional provisional patents filed."
- US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency