Unlocking the Potential of AI, NAD-Enhancing Drugs, and Laser Beam Toting Sharks: Lisa R. Sanders, Director of Science and Technology for SOF AT&L, USSOCOM

Lisa R. Sanders – Director of Science and Technology at SOF AT&L (U.S. Special Operations Command)
AI at the Edge: NAD-Enhancing Drugs and Sharks with Laser Beams!! Finding, Enabling, and Transitioning Technology for Special Operations Forces – Lisa R. Sanders Director of Science and Technology, USSOCOM.

Lisa R. Sanders is the Director of Science and Technology for Special Operations Forces, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (SOF AT&L), U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM — https://www.socom.mil/), located at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, where she is responsible for all research and development funded activities — https://www.socom.mil/SOF-ATL/Pages/eSOF_cap_of_interest.aspx.

Ms. Sanders is a veteran of the federal government, having served in that capacity for over 30 years. She began her Federal Service career as an electronic engineer at Naval Avionics Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, where she worked in quality engineering, program management, and production engineering. She transferred in 1996 to Naval Air Warfare Center, Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River (Maryland), where she served as Electronics Engineer and program manager for the E-2C Hawkeye. In 2003, she was given responsibility for production and modification of CV-22 (vertical takeoff and land aircraft). She managed one of NAVAIR’s first multi-year procurements and completed the modification and delivery for CV-22 production aircraft and development test aircraft.

Ms. Sanders moved to USSOCOM, in 2005. She retained her responsibility for CV-22 production while working as the Systems Acquiring Manager for the C-130 Program in Program Executive Office Fixed Wing. She managed all C-130 Projects across the Special Operations Forces Inventory.

In 2010, Ms. Sanders received a promotion to the position as Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Directorate. She was then assigned the position of Director of Science & Technology in 2011.

Ms. Sanders attended the Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College in Aberdeen, Maryland, after leaving USSOCOM. In 2015, she graduated and was assigned as chair of the Air Force Capability Development Working Group at Headquarters, Air Force. She was appointed a Defense Intelligence senior leader in 2016.

Ms. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from GMI Engineering & Management Institute, Kettering University, Flint, MI. She also has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from St. Leo University in St. Leo FL.