Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity Director Lisa Porter is stepping down from her post, Wired reports.
Porter, IARPA leader since the agency’s 2008 start, announced her plans to colleagues March 30, according to the report.
The agency is the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s research arm, similar to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s position within the Pentagon.
DNI James Clapper told Wired Porter’s hallmark as a leader was her ability to bring to bear the talents of the nation’s top scientific thinkers on tough problems.
IARPA is is often called “DARPA for spies.”
Former DARPA Director Regina Dugan left her post March 12 to take on a position with Google and Wired reported that Porter is a likely contender to head DARPA.
Porter is credited with leading IARPA through advances in quantum computing and the use of crowdsourcing to conduct far-reaching investigations.
The agency also reportedly trained its intelligence analysts with videogames.
Porter has led NASA’s aeronautics division and also spent time as a senior scientist in DARPA’s advanced technology office.
She managed fundamental scientific research and multi-disciplinary systems-level development and integration at DARPA.