Dr. Vincent Tang




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DARPA, Defense Sciences Office (DSO)

Dr. Vincent Tang

Dr. Vincent Tang joined DARPA as a Program Manager in the Defense Sciences Office in 2013. His interests primarily involve the development of new technologies for countering weapons of mass destruction. His work at DARPA to date has involved the creation and operationalization of the SIGMA system for ubiquitous monitoring of nuclear and radiological threats, intense and compact neutron sources for portable radiography, and hybrid digital and analog computing architectures for scientific computing. Tang was named Program Manager of the Year in 2016 and a finalist for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in 2017.


Prior to joining DARPA, Tang was a staff physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he developed advanced accelerator and plasma-based radiation sources for national security applications, such as the detection of illicit materials.


Tang received a doctorate in applied plasma physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he investigated RF-produced energetic ions used for heating fusion plasmas. He also holds a Master of Science in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and dual Bachelor of Science degrees in nuclear and chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.