John Appleby
Program Manager, Borders and Maritime Security Division
Science and Technology Directorate
Department of Homeland Security

John Appleby joined DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate in 2008 to lead next-generation technology transfer programs concerning unmanned aircraft and satellite systems needed to achieve Homeland Security missions.

He has more than 30 years of professional experience including senior and executive program, project, and technical management; technology development management; strategic and business planning; technical writing and editing; program development and marketing; education and public outreach; scientific research and university-level teaching.

Dr. Appleby came to DHS following four years as vice president of science applications at Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation in Manassas, Va., where he directed unmanned aerial systems work for NASA, NOAA, other civilian government agencies, for commercial partners, and for national defense and security agencies (Air Force; Army; other).

Prior to joining Aurora, Dr. Appleby was Civilian Space Business Area Executive at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., where he also directed the APL Space Department’s Education and Outreach Office. He served four years at NASA Headquarters and began his professional career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

He holds a doctorate in earth and space sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a master’s degree in astrophysics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Oberlin College.

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