Former High-Level DARPA, NASA Official Joins Teledyne

Lisa Porter (Credit Bill Ingalls)

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Teledyne PR)–Teledyne Technologies Incorporated announced today that Dr. Lisa Porter will be joining its subsidiary Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC (TS&I) as Senior Vice President. In this capacity she will have responsibility for technology commercialization efforts, technical operations and general management.

Dr. Lisa Porter was the first Director for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. She was responsible for standing up IARPA and setting and executing its strategic vision and direction. Prior to IARPA, Dr. Porter served as the Associate Administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She has also served as a program manager and senior scientist in the Advanced Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Dr. Porter has a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in applied physics from Stanford University. She has authored more than 25 publications in a range of technical disciplines.

Dr. Porter received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in 2005, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2008, and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 2012.

Teledyne Scientific and Imaging comprises two business units: Teledyne Scientific Company (TSC) and Teledyne Imaging Sensors (TIS). TSC is Teledyne’s central research laboratory, which supports both external customers, such as DARPA, and other Teledyne business units with advanced technologies in compound semiconductors, materials, optics and information sciences. TIS is leading developer and manufacturer of some of the world’s highest performance infrared imaging sensors and camera systems for a range of demanding space, astronomical, airborne and terrestrial applications. For more information, visit TS&I’s website at

Teledyne Technologies is a leading provider of sophisticated instrumentation, digital imaging products and software, aerospace and defense electronics, and engineered systems. Teledyne Technologies’ operations are primarily located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico. For more information, visit Teledyne Technologies’ website at

Editor’s Note: This is at least the second high-level DARPA departure this year. In March, DARPA Director Regina Dugan departed to join Google. Media reports at that time mentioned Porter as a possible replacement. Arati Prabhakar got DARPA’s top post in July.

Dr. Peter Highnam is now acting director of IARPA.