DARPA, Defense Sciences Office (DSO)
Dr. Jan Vandenbrande
Dr. Jan Vandenbrande serves as a Program Manager in the Defense Sciences Office (DSO). He is responsible for a wide range of programs to develop the underpinnings of advanced mechanical design and manufacturing. Topics of specific interest are exploiting new design possibilities enabled by new materials and fabrication processes (3D printing, composite fibers, weaving), enhancing design discovery, and accelerating development and adoption of new materials.
Before joining DARPA, he was a Technical Fellow and Senior Manager of the Applied Math group at Boeing where he architected several software systems to enable advanced design and manufacturing optimization processes. Boeing uses these tools to conduct design trade and optimization studies and to enable proprietary composite layup fabrication processes.
At Unigraphics, now Siemens NX, Dr. Vandenbrande worked on the architecture of the next generation Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) system, improving tool path generation performance and revamping the CAM user interface. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester for his work on machinable feature recognition.