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Deborah A. Furey

PH.D. MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, 2006, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
M.S. ENGINEERING SCIENCE AND MECHANICS, 1991, VIRGINIA TECH
B.S. AEROSPACE ENGINEERING, 1989, VIRGINIA TECH

Dr. Deborah Furey has over 30 years of diversified experience working for the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. Leveraging her superb management skills and extensive engineering background, she has managed and made key contributions in the development of innovative, game changing capabilities to address critical mission needs of the Navy and the Intelligence Community.

In her current role, she is leading an effort focused on the development and deployment of innovative solutions and capabilities to address critical national security challenges. She manages and directys several programs and research initiatives, directing a multi-million dollar budget.

Prior to 2011, Dr. Furey served as a Program Manager for the Office of Naval Research. Covering the Peer Review Program for all 6.1 fundamental research programs across ONR, she established practices and procedures implemented for all Basic Research efforts. During her time with ONR, she also served as the Program Manager for the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) which supports undergraduate and graduate level students on a 10-week internship at Navy laboratories around the country; and as Program Manager for the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) supporting high school level students for 8-week programs at Navy laboratories around the country.

From 2008-2010, Dr. Furey was a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). She managed and directed several DARPA program and research initiatives with over 10 research teams and a total budget of over $25 million. 

Prior to her position at DARPA, Dr. Furey spent nearly 18 years at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) as a Senior Research Scientist where she managed and directed research in the areas of fluid dynamics, unmannedsystems and vehicle control analysis. She also mentored interns and engineering student interns and supported student outreach programs and competitions.

Dr. Furey is also an established author of over 20 technical publications in the field of engineering and science. She is responsible for numerous advances in the areas of turbulent boundary layer development in relation to Navy acoustic sensor performance and hydrodynamics of Navy systems.

In addition to her federal government career, Dr. Furey is an accomplished university level educator teaching engineering and math courses at various community colleges and universities. Throughout her career she mentored engineering student interns and supported student outreach programs.