- Academy Member Profiles
Year Inducted / Awarded: 2004
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
Dr. Robert Leheny presently is Deputy Director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, VA. He first joined DARPA in 1993 as a program manager of optoelectronics and later served as Director of the Microsystems Technology Office before assuming his current position. His program interests at DARPA have focused on application of photonics, microelectronics and MEMS technologies to communication and RF systems and related materials and device technologies for information systems processing. Prior to joining DARPA, he worked more than 25 years with Bell Communications Research (Bellcore, now known as Telcordia Technologies), in positions ranging from technical staff work to Executive Director for Network Technology Research in the Applied Research Laboratory. He was named a Bell Labs Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in 1992 and awarded the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 1991. Dr. Leheny received his doctoral degree from Columbia University.