Steven Walker, formerly deputy director and acting director at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has been appointed to lead DARPA on a full-time basis.
He succeeds Arati Prabhakar, who left DARPA in January and now serves as a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the agency said Wednesday.
Walker continues a more than 13-year career with the agency where he helped further efforts to develop science and technologies related to hypersonic flight and rapid access to space.
He previously held the roles program manger, office director and deputy office director at DARPA.
The 30-year public service veteran also worked at the Defense Department in positions such as special assistant to the director of defense research and engineering, as well as program manager of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Unsteady Aerodynamics and Hypersonics Research program.
He is currently a member of the Senior Executive Service and serves as a fellow at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
This story was originally published on November 9, 2017.