Dr. Melissa Flagg is currently the Lead for the Army Research Laboratory Northeast – an initiative to extend access to the best and brightest minds, to work side by side with academia and industry across the Northeast, and ensure we build a robust, sustainable community of scientists and engineers solving the Army’s most pressing challenges. Previously she was the founder and CEO of Flagg Consulting Services, LLC. She also worked with the University of Utah to re-examine the foundations of our scientific structures and served as an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Technology and National Security Research Program at the Center for a New American Security. Before starting her own company, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research within the Department of Defense (DoD). Prior to that she worked in various roles at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Department of State. She has also served on a number of Boards including the Emerging Technology Research Advisory Committee at the Department of Commerce and the National Academy of Sciences Air Force Studies Board. She received a B.S. from the University of Mississippi in 1996 and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2000.