Former DARPA Official Ken Gabriel to Head Office for Security Technologies
New Venture Aims to Assist U.S.
Homeland Anti-Terrorism Initiatives
In response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, Carnegie Mellon has
created an Office for Security Technologies that will work with the federal
government to match Carnegie Mellon's capabilities with national security
needs. In the aftermath of the national tragedy more than 40 faculty
members were identified who have substantive expertise to offer in helping
national security efforts.
#_##The office will provide a mechanism for us to offer fast turnaround
advice, launch short-term projects and studies, or provide other responses
to specific needs that may become apparent in our conversations with the
new U. S. Office of Homeland Security, other federal agencies and the
offices of elected officials,#_## said Christina Gabriel, vice provost for
corporate partnerships and technology development.
She said the office #_##will not have a direct fundraising function for
individual research efforts and will not compete with other campus research
The Security Technologies Office builds on the interests of several members
of the faculty, including Michael Shamos, who first proposed the idea of
creating an institute to bring faculty research and expertise associated
with national security to the federal government. After talking with
government officials, it was determined that creating a formal office to
foster and manage this interaction was a stronger approach to contributing
to the nation's efforts in homeland defense.
Ken Gabriel, professor of electrical and computer engineering and a member
of the Robotics Institute since 1997, will head the new initiative. He is
an expert in developing microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), miniature
high-performance sensors and controls that help information systems sense,
act and compute. Forbes Magazine called him #_##the architect of the U.S.
Ken Gabriel joined Carnegie Mellon from the Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency (DARPA), where he started and managed its MEMS Program from
1992-96. In 1997, the MEMS Program had more than 80 ongoing projects
totaling more than $70 million per year.
He has also served DARPA as deputy director (1995-96), and director of the
Electronics Technology Office (1996-97), where he was responsible for
roughly half of all federal electronics technology investments, totaling
more than $400 million per year. Investments spanned programs in industry,
universities and government in advanced lithography, electronics packaging,
MEMS, optoelectronics, millimeter and microwave integrated circuits, and
At DARPA, Ken Gabriel worked closely with other federal agencies, including
the FBI, CIA and National Science Foundation.
Ken Gabriel earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the
University of Pittsburgh and his master's and doctor's degrees in
electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.