Dr. Delores M. Etter
Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy
Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology
Dr. Delores M. Etter transitioned from Professor to Professor Emeritus in Electrical Engineering in May 2017. She joined the Electrical Engineering faculty at Southern Methodist University (SMU) on June 2, 2008. During her tenure at SMU, she held the Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Engineering Education and was a Distinguished Fellow in the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security. Dr. Etter served on the faculties of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments at the United States Naval Academy (2001-2008), the University of Colorado at Boulder (1990-98), and the University of New Mexico (1980-89). She was a Visiting Professor in the Information Systems Laboratory at Stanford University in 1983-84.
Dr. Etter led a research program at SMU in biometrics, with emphasis on iris recognition and on using cloud computing for real-time biometric identification. Her teaching focused on communications, adaptive signal processing algorithms, and the design of large software systems. She has also written a number of textbooks on computer languages.
In addition, Etter held two senior executive positions in the Department of Defense. As Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition from 2005 through 2007, she was the Senior Acquisition Executive for the Navy and the Marine Corps. She was also the Senior Acquisition Executive for several joint programs including the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP). From 1998 through 2001, Etter served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology and was the U.S. representative to the NATO Research Technology Board. She is a former member of the Defense Science Board and chaired a number of Defense Science Board studies.
Dr. Etter is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a former member of the National Science Board. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
B.S. in Mathematics, Wright State University
M.S. in Mathematics, Wright State University
Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico