Dr. Owen Brown is the Vice President of Solutions Development at Scientific Systems Company, Inc. (SSCI). SSCI develops artificial intelligence software that is deployed at the vehicle edge in all domains for the US military. Owen received a B.S. in Engineering Science from Loyola University in Baltimore and then entered the US Navy’s Nuclear Power program. He served onboard the fast attack submarines USS Flying Fish (SSN 673) and USS Sturgeon (SSN 637). After leaving active duty Owen spent over a decade in Palo Alto. There, he received both a M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University, with his PhD work performed at the NASA Ames Research Center. Owen also served as a spacecraft engineer at Space Systems/Loral (now Maxar) for seven years.
He returned to the east coast in 2001. From 2001 to 2003 he provided technical support to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)/Tactical Technology Office (TTO) and then served as a DARPA/TTO program manager from 2003 to 2009. While in this job he managed the highly successful Microsatellite Technology Experiment (MiTEx) program. He created the fractionated spacecraft paradigm – which many acknowledge was a prime catalyst for today’s proliferated satellite architectures. This DARPA activity led to the System F6 program that he began and managed. Upon leaving DARPA he became the CTO of KTSi, a defense technical consulting organization. There he served as a member of independent review teams for advanced classified Air Force space programs. KTSi later became part of SAIC. Owen led the congressionally mandated Orbital Traffic Management study in 2016-2017 and was a member of the National Academy of Science’s Space Defense and Protection Committee. He has been a frequent speaker and panel chair on space topics and was a Distinguished Lecturer for the AIAA from 1996 to 2001.