Dr. Michael Leahy, Jr.
As Chief Product Officer, Leahy provides technical, operational and strategic executive level leadership for a startup technology company focused on monetizing their DoD heritage technologies and expertise for commercial markets. Prior to joining DreamHammer in 2016, Leahy held a series of senior leadership positions within Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. As Director of Common Mission Management Systems (CMMS), Leahy’s teams designed, prototyped, developed and sustained mission management command-and-control systems for multiple UAS programs including Global Hawk, Triton and NATO AGS while supporting the DoD’s drive for commonality, interoperability and affordability. As chief architect for Advanced Programs and Technology (AP&T), he was responsible for establishing the architectural framework standard for all AP&T programs to ensure a consistent and highly competitive level of design, development, and transition for each capability. Leahy’s earlier assignments include leading the Weapon System Development Center and Special Projects IR&D planning and execution as the director, Special Projects and Classified Programs, Advanced Concepts Air and Land, AP&T.
Prior to joining Northrop Grumman in 2007, Leahy had a distinguished 27-year U.S. Air Force career retiring as a Colonel. Over that span, Leahy made significant contributions to the advancement of aerospace technology and advanced systems. He was a professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology; led the DARPA/USAF UCAV ATD (X-45A) from conception through first flight; and served as director of the Air Vehicles Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory and as vice director of the 448th Combat Sustainment Wing.
Leahy earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico, a master’s degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Leahy received the AIAA 2010 Hap Arnold Award for sustained excellence in aeronautical program management and the Association for Unmanned Systems International Pioneer Award. He was the Air Force Institute of Technology Outstanding Professor of the Year, has authored 48 refereed, international, journal and conference publications and was the founding editor of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine.