Former DARPA executive named cyber chief at Battelle

Erik Mettala is cyber chief scientist in its National Security Global Business Unit

Erik Mettala has joined Battelle Memorial Institute as cyber chief scientist in its National Security Global Business Unit.

In this new role, Mettala will be responsible for Battelle’s cyber technology research and development efforts, according to an April 28 company announcement.

Those efforts include strategic planning, managing current government and internal R&D projects, and increasing the research and market effects of Battelle’s cyber-related business in the defense, intelligence and homeland security sectors.

Mettala, who retired as a lieutenant colonel after 22 years in the Army, has more than 35 years of R&D experience with government agencies, including the Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command.

He also has worked for companies, including Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corp., Elagent Corp., and Network Associates Labs, known now as McAfee Research.

At DARPA, Mettala served as program manager in the Office of the Deputy Director and as office director of the Software and Intelligent Systems Technology Office.

He also managed eight R&D programs at DARPA, including Internetworking Protocols and Robotics, and he represented the agency in key federal planning efforts, including the Next Generation Internet Program, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Joint Robotics Program and the Federal High Performance Computing and Communications Program.

Mettala holds a doctorate in industrial and management systems engineering from Pennsylvania State University and master of science degrees in management science and computer science from Texas A&M University and Central Texas University.

Battelle, of Columbus, Ohio, ranks No. 22 on Washington Technology’s 2010 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close
SEARCH
contracts DB

Trending

  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Read More

  • Is SBA MIA on contractor fraud? Nick Wakeman

    Editor Nick Wakeman explores the puzzle of why SBA has been so silent on the latest contractor fraud scandal when it has been so quick to act in other cases. Read More

Webcasts

  • How Do You Support the Project Lifecycle?

    How do best-in-class project-based companies create and actively mature successful organizations? They find the right mix of people, processes and tools that enable them to effectively manage the project lifecycle. REGISTER for this webinar to hear how properly managing the cycle of capture, bid, accounting, execution, IPM and analysis will allow you to better manage your programs to stay on scope, schedule and budget. Learn More!

  • Sequestration, LPTA and the Top 100

    Join Washington Technology’s Editor-in-Chief Nick Wakeman as he analyzes the annual Top 100 list and reveals critical insights into how market trends have impacted its composition. You'll learn what movements of individual companies means and how the market overall is being impacted by the current budget environment, how the Top 100 rankings reflect the major trends in the market today and how the biggest companies in the market are adapting to today’s competitive environment. Learn More!