John D. Evans, Ph.D.

John D. Evans, Ph.D.

CEO, Carillon Technologies

Dr. John D. Evans, a senior global executive and award-winning leader in the strategic management of technology and innovation, is CEO of Carillon Technologies. Defense Department Research and Development (R&D) comprises only 4% of global R&D. Our national security depends upon being able to rapidly identify and adapt relevant commercial technology to create new military and strategic capability. With investors including Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, and Intellectual Ventures, a global leader in the business of innovation, Carillon is pioneering a new business model that aligns incentives between DoD and commercial investors in new ways, allowing the DoD to access and unlock the potential of over $2 Trillion in non-DoD R&D spending annually.

Prior to Carillon he served as Corporate Vice President, Technology; Corporate Vice President, Business Innovation; and Vice President, International Engineering and Technology for Lockheed Martin Corporation. Hired to lead development of the Corporation’s commercial market strategies in Autonomous Systems, Big Data and Healthcare, he established the Corporation’s innovation function and grew it into the CTO office’s largest initiative in under two years. He established the Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation and Security Solutions (CISS) in Abu Dhabi, UAE; the F-35 Virtual Analysis Laboratories in Ampthill, UK, and Melbourne, Australia; and was responsible for overseeing creation of 75 international technology partnerships across 20 countries. These initiatives enjoyed head-of-state visibility in the UK, UAE, Israel, and India. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin he served as Program Manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); worked as Chief Technical Officer for the West Coast venture-funded start-up Microfabrica; served as lead MEMS scientist for Becton Dickinson; and served as an energy policy contractor to the United States Congress Office of Technology Assessment (OTA).

Dr. Evans earned a BA degree in physics from Carleton College; an MS in civil engineering and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley; and an MBA from Duke University.  He served on the Board of Trustees for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), where he was instrumental in implementing a complete redesign of the Institute’s organization and governance. Similarly, he served as the Board of Directors of the Innovation Research Interchange (IRI), an 80-year-old organization focused on driving value creation in large organizations, where he was essential in overhauling that organization’s strategy and offerings. He advises the Boy Scouts of America on issues related to innovation and STEM education. He is a member the ASME, a Senior Member of IEEE, and an Associate Fellow of AIAA, and a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS). Recognitions include the Maurice Holland Innovation Award; the Office of Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service; the DARPA Innovation Award; the Charles Lofgren Carleton College Alumni Business Fellowship; and the Becton Dickinson Special Achievement Recognition Award.  He has been awarded thirteen United States patents.

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