Dr. Jay Lewis




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DARPA, Microsystems Technology Office (MTO)

Dr. Jay Lewis

Dr. Jay Lewis is the Deputy Director of the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). In this role, Dr. Lewis helps set the strategic vision for the office, recruits Program Managers (PMs) who are leaders in their respective fields, and provides the oversight and guidance required to empower the PMs to drive the creation of breakthrough technology for national security.


Dr. Lewis joined DARPA in November 2014 as a Program Manager in MTO. He currently manages the Wafer-Scale Infrared Detectors (WIRED) program, which seeks to exploit disorder in materials to overcome the limitations of perfectly crystalline materials for infrared sensing; the Limits of Thermal Sensors (LOTS) program, which seeks to explore the fundamental limits of detection radiation using heat; the Reconfigurable Imaging (ReImagine) program, which uses advanced CMOS technology to create real-time configurable readout circuits for multi-function imaging; and the Pixel Network for Dynamic Visualization (PIXNET) program, which is developing compact, affordable multi-band image sensors that provide real-time fused imagery to the warfighter.


Dr. Lewis is serving DARPA while on leave from RTI International, where was the Director of Emerging Electronics Technologies. In that role, he investigated novel materials and devices for a range of applications. These included novel device architectures based on colloidal quantum dots for detectors, imaging, and photovoltaics; flexible organic and inorganic electronics including high performance CMOS technology; organic light-emitting diodes with improved interfaces and electrodes; and thermoelectric materials for ultra-high, heat flux applications.


Dr. Lewis is a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society and is an IEEE Senior Member. He has published over 50 articles in technical journals and conference proceedings and holds seven U.S. patents.


Dr. Lewis received a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida for research on electroluminescent and photoluminescent materials and thin films for displays.