Dr. Lee Buchanan

Dr. Lee Buchanan is a distinguished member of Torch.AI’s Board of Advisors, bringing more than 45 years of success in the defense, aerospace, electronic warfare, and advanced technology industries.  His commitment to support the mission with the most advance engineering capabilities is helping Torch.AI to scale and rapidly evolve our technology to meet the unique and critical needs of National Security customers.

Dr. Buchanan served 16 years in the Department of Defense, holding progressively increasingly responsible positions at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Central Research and Development Agency of the Department of Defense, which is responsible for more than $2 billion in basic and applied research. His final assignment was as Deputy Director and then Acting Director of the Agency.  The capstone of his government service was an assignment as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN/RDA) where he fulfilled the Navy Senior Acquisition Executive role for all Navy and Marine Corps Acquisition, Research, and Development programs.

Dr. Buchanan has served as interim CEO for Hypres, Inc., a developer of superconducting electronic systems.   Prior to that he was President & CEO of Arete, where he oversaw technology development and classified research incorporating complex data analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, as well as advanced hardware design and fabrication of innovative and cost-effective remote sensing solutions for National Security customers.  Prior to Arete, Dr. Buchanan was a Venture Partner with the Paladin Capital Group, making venture investments in the biotech and cyber security sectors.  

Dr. Buchanan He has received numerous professional honors, including an Executive Excellence Award and a Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the Secretary of Defense.  He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of California, Berkeley; he obtained an MS and BS in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

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