Deputy Director (Acting) Research
and Development Partnerships
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science
and Technology Directorate
Wednesday MBDA Plenary Speaker
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Marlene Owens is the deputy director (Acting), research and development partnerships for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). In this position, Ms. Owens provides oversight to laboratory operations, sponsored research, international partnerships and technology transfer/commercialization efforts.
Before assuming her current role, Ms. Owens served as the department’s first technology transfer program manager, where over the course of her seven-year tenure, she established the program and developed the policies for the department.
Prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Ms. Owens spent sixteen years at the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) working for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Missile Defense Agency and the US Army. At DOD, Ms. Owens worked as a program manager/systems engineer in various capacities in the missile defense and chemical-biological defense communities.
Ms. Owens has a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Morgan State University and a Masters of Science in systems engineering management from Florida Institute of Technology.