STR Chief Scientist

 Scott Stickels

E. Scott Stickels is an experienced systems engineer and principal investigator for a variety of sensor-based solutions for DARPA, ONR and the Navy. Mr. Stickels' sensor experience is focused in ASW systems, but he has also led the development of autonomous distributed sensor systems employing underwater active and passive acoustics, RF unattended ground sensors, passive and active optical systems and multi-modal distributed sensing systems.

Previously, Mr. Stickels was the Vice President & CTO for Applied Physical Sciences where he led the organization¹s DARPA program efforts, including the development of the SHARK Autonomous ASW system. In his CTO role at Applied Physical Sciences, he formed industry partnerships to integrate technical contributions in the design and development of autonomous underwater vehicles, advanced sensors, signal and information processing software and at-sea data collection and technology demonstrations.

Prior to his role at Applied Physical Sciences, he was a Principal Scientist & Technical Director of the Sensor Systems Department at BBN Technologies in the Arlington, Virginia facility. He was the principal investigator and lead engineer on over ten successful DARPA programs, including the Distant Thunder multi-static active ASW system developed at DARPA and transitioned to the Navy as part of the SQQ-89 AV-15 shipboard sensing system.

Mr. Stickels holds 7 U.S. Patents in the areas of sensor systems design, distributed sensor automation and advanced signal processing techniques.

Mr. Stickels received a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Maryland in 1982, and PMP Certification from PMI in 1990.