Jan Vandenbrande

Senior Vice President, Future Concepts division

Dr. Jan Vandenbrande is the Head of Research at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), part of SRI International, to foster disruptive innovation for the benefit of humanity and economic impact. Previously he was a Program Manager in the Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at DARPA where he created, launched, and funded transformative research in design, manufacturing, materials and mathematics to enable breakthrough capabilities for future DoD platforms and public good.

Before joining DARPA he was a Technical Fellow and Senior Manager of the Applied Math group at Boeing where directed the development of in house computational tools that enabled breakthrough design and manufacturing processes that improved Boeing’s products.

At Unigraphics, now Siemens NX, Dr. Vandenbrande developed the initial architecture and user interface for the next generation Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) system and improved the system’s computational performance and accuracy. He is a former associate editor of JCISE, AIEDAM and CAD. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester and an engineering degree from the Vrije Universiteit van Brussel, Belgium.