COL (R) Scott Lathrop, Ph.D. Joins SoarTech as Director of Secure Autonomy
Soar Technology, Inc. (SoarTech) is pleased to announce that Colonel (Retired) Scott Lathrop, Ph.D. has joined as the Director of Secure Autonomy. Dr. Lathrop’s addition is part of SoarTech’s strategy to identify and pursue applications of artificial intelligence (AI) to the emerging intersection between autonomous systems, cybersecurity, and cyberspace operations. His efforts will focus on topics such as cybersecurity challenges unique to autonomous cyber-physical platforms; cognitively based capabilities for the cyberspace domain; and the employment of autonomous platforms for cyberspace/cybersecurity operations.
“We’re excited to have Scott join the SoarTech team,” stated Dr. Michael van Lent, President and CEO. “His unique combination of military service, AI research experience, and knowledge of both cybersecurity and robotics make him the perfect candidate to lead SoarTech’s expansion into secure autonomy, the intersection between autonomous platforms, cybersecurity and cyberspace operations.”
Dr. Lathrop joins SoarTech after a distinguished 25+ year career in the United States Army. His military career included assignments as an Armor officer, a United State Military Academy professor, a deployment in Afghanistan, and culminated in the role as Director of Advanced Concepts and Technology (J9) at the United States Cyber Command. In this position he led a team responsible for the strategy, research, development, integration, and evaluation of cyberspace capabilities to support full spectrum cyberspace operations while serving as a key scientific and engineering advisor to the Commander, United States Cyber Command/Director National Security Agency.
Dr. Lathrop is a distinguished graduate from the United States Military Academy and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. He received the Army’s Draper Leadership Award as an Armor Company Commander, led the development of some of the Army’s first distributed command and control applications, and was recognized for teaching excellence in West Point’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. He is an early developer of the Military Academies’ and the National Security Agency’s nationally recognized Cyber Defense Exercise and an early contributor to West Point’s robotics program.