DoD Innovator Awardees


Meet Awardees From Across the Defense Enterprise in the DoD Innovator Spotlight Series

The DoD Innovators Spotlight Series is an opportunity for the public to meet and learn from exceptional scientists, engineers and other STEM professionals working across the DoD. The Office of the Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Science and Technology, located within the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, awards individuals and teams within the DoD civilian workforce in the fields of Research and Development, Technology Transfer and Transition, and STEM Advocacy with the following awards:

George F. Linsteadt Award For Excellence in Technology Transfer
Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
SMART Scholars and Mentors of the Year
STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Technology Transfer Advocate of the Quarter

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Recent Innovator Awardees

Jonathan D. Stroud
STEM Advocate of the Quarter

Jonathan D. Stroud

Space Systems Command Deputy Director for STEM Outreach
Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo, CA

Mr. Jonathan D. Stroud currently serves as the Space Systems Command Deputy Director for STEM Outreach at the Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, CA. Before joining the United States Space Force as a civilian Guardian, Stroud earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Space Systems from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He has over four years of service as a Phase 2 Scholar for the Department of Defense’s Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship-for-Service Program.

Learn more about Jonathan D. Stroud


Dr. Gregory Yandek
Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter

Dr. Gregory Yandek

Senior Chemical Engineer, Rocket Propulsion Division
Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command

Dr. Gregory Yandek currently serves as co-technical advisor and chief engineer for the Propellants Branch in the Rocket Propulsion Division of AFRL, located at Edwards AFB, CA.  After receiving both a B.S. in chemical engineering and Ph.D. in polymer engineering from the University of Akron (OH), his career began as an NRC postdoctoral fellow at Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, CA, then joining AFRL where he has been a civil servant for 15 years. Dr. Yandek also leads an R&D group that focuses on high performance rocket component design, fabrication, and testing, as well as development of new manufacturing techniques for solid rocket motors.

Learn more about Dr. Gregory Yandek

Meet More DoD Innovator Awardees

Award Type

Dr. Darin Sharar

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
Dr. Darin Sharar

Elizabeth “Libby” Hite

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Elizabeth “Libby” Hite

Jennifer Martin

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
Jennifer Martin

Yolanda Tanner

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Yolanda Tanner

Kelly Thompson

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Kelly Thompson

Tonya Hamann

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Tonya Hamann

Erica Borgers Klonkowski

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Erica Borgers Klonkowski

Dr. Linda J. Mullen

SMART Scholars and Mentors of the Year
Dr. Linda J. Mullen

David Illig

SMART Scholars and Mentors of the Year
David Illig

Dr. Tyler Helble

SMART Scholars and Mentors of the Year
Dr. Tyler Helble

Dr. Regina Guazzo

SMART Scholars and Mentors of the Year
Dr. Regina Guazzo

Dr. Richard C. Ordoñez

SMART Scholars and Mentors of the Year
Dr. Richard C. Ordoñez

Khaldoon M. Ishmael

SMART Scholars and Mentors of the Year
Khaldoon M. Ishmael

Lynn Zanow

Technology Transfer Advocate of the Quarter
Lynn Zanow

Marshall Schroeder

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
Marshall Schroeder

Mr. Wayne Jordheim

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Mr. Wayne Jordheim

Matthew (Matt) Jones

Technology Transfer Advocate of the Quarter
Matthew (Matt) Jones

David Y. Lee

Technology Transfer Advocate of the Quarter
David Y. Lee

Dr. Sara Quraishi

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
Dr. Sara Quraishi

Dr. Oluseyi (Seyi) Ayorinde

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Dr. Oluseyi (Seyi) Ayorinde

Kiana Y. Williams

George F. Linsteadt Award For Excellence in Technology Transfer
Kiana Y. Williams

Karen Presley

George F. Linsteadt Award For Excellence in Technology Transfer
Karen Presley

Linda Burger

George F. Linsteadt Award For Excellence in Technology Transfer
Linda Burger

Tim Miedzinski

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Tim Miedzinski

John Bennewitz

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
John Bennewitz

Adam Wechsler

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Adam Wechsler

Kyle Verrinder

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Kyle Verrinder

Dr. Gregory Anderson

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Dr. Gregory Anderson

Dr. Benjamin Gould

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
Dr. Benjamin Gould

Dr. Cynthia Gagliano Doil

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Dr. Cynthia Gagliano Doil

Ms. Sarah Buttrick

Technology Transfer Advocate of the Quarter
Ms. Sarah Buttrick

Dr. Jonathan Vernon

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
Dr. Jonathan Vernon

Dr. Khanh D. Pham

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
Dr. Khanh D. Pham

Dr. Igor Linkov

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
Dr. Igor Linkov

Tiffany Owens

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Tiffany Owens

Dr. Edward Diehl

Technology Transfer Advocate of the Quarter
Dr. Edward Diehl

Dr. Oscar A. Perez

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Dr. Oscar A. Perez

Dr. Abigail Juhl

Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter
Dr. Abigail Juhl

Jenna Dix

Technology Transfer Advocate of the Quarter
Jenna Dix

Steven Corbin

STEM Advocate of the Quarter
Steven Corbin

Annie Bullock-Yoder

Technology Transfer Advocate of the Quarter
Annie Bullock-Yoder