SSCI Appoints Dr. Owen Brown as Vice President of Research and Development

January 25, 2017 | by SSCI

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Meet the new Vice President of Research and Development, Dr. Owen Brown. Learn how his operational military experience and lasting contributions to the nation’s space operations will propel SSCI forward to lift autonomy and intelligent distribution systems to new heights.

WOBURN, Mass., Jan. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Scientific Systems Company, Inc., an industry leader and pioneer in advanced intelligent and autonomous systems, announced today that Dr. Owen Brown has joined the company as Vice President of Research and Development. He will be responsible for the strategic development, implementation, and oversight of all new programs in autonomy, robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer vision, advanced GNC, and data science. He will be responsible for operations in the National Capital Region. Dr. Brown brings a background of proven leadership, program management excellence, game-changing innovation, and operational military experience.

As a former Program Manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Brown developed, and managed radically innovative and highly successful space systems for national defense. His fractionation concept of autonomous and distributed networks of space systems, which led to DARPA’s System F6 program, has influenced future space architectures worldwide. His leadership in a fast paced multiple spacecraft demonstration program has had a lasting impact on the nation’s space operations. In addition, he led the SPHERES formation flying experiment initiative, which is based in the International Space Station. After his DARPA tour, Dr. Brown served as the Chief Technology Officer for KTSi and, after sale of the company, transitioned to provide technology and policy leadership for SAIC. Recently he completed service as a member of the Space Defense and Protection committee for the National Academies of Science. He is a former nuclear submarine officer with operational experience on fast attack submarines. Brown retired from the US Navy Reserve after providing operational support for P-3 anti-submarine aircraft and then acquisition support as an Engineering Duty Officer. He holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University.

“Owen brings a proven track record of creating disruptive technical concepts, managing their development, and delivering them to the warfighter, scientist, and other customers,” said Scientific Systems CEO Dr. Raman Mehra. “We welcome him to the Scientific Systems team at an exciting time, when our company’s portfolio of capabilities in autonomy and intelligent distributed systems is enabling the Department of Defense (DoD), NASA, and other government customers not only keep pace with the rapid pace of technological change, but to be the creators of that change.”

“Scientific Systems is leading the way in the development of the core autonomous and intelligent system technologies that are becoming the enabling foundation for national defense and intelligence systems, scientific exploration, and civil agency support,” said Brown. “In the commercial world, these technologies will revolutionize the way each person goes about their daily lives.  I’m very excited to part of an incredibly capable team of scientists and engineers who are dedicated to their work.”

About Scientific Systems Company Inc.

Since 1976 Scientific Systems Company Inc. (SSCI) has been developing the brains and nervous system for manned and unmanned vehicles to operate autonomously and accomplish their missions in difficult environments for defense and commercial applications. Based in Woburn, MA, SSCI is a leading innovator in performing research and technology development for various NASA and US DoD agencies. SSCI is a provider of intelligent and autonomous software systems for land, sea, air, and space systems, GPS-denied navigation systems, fusion, tracking and sensor management technologies, collaborative and adversarial autonomy, mission planning systems, and a variety of revolutionary signal processing systems. For more information, visit or contact SSCI at (781) 933-5355 or

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