Dan Patt supports strategy in the business, financial, and national security sectors. He is a repeat entrepreneur, a former Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency official, technology investor, and researcher.
Dr. Patt is an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Defense Concepts and Technology at The Hudson Institute, dedicated to the the evolving role of information and operational concepts in national security. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He is the originator of the Mosaic Warfare concept, and supported the Deputy Secretary of Defense in leading an effort to define a new modernization initiative for the Department of Defense as part of the 2018 National Defense Strategy effort. He holds advisory board roles at the University of Michigan College of Engineering and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Dr. Patt supports commercial technology investment and companies at Thomas H. Lee Partners and supports strategy at the artificial intelligence company STR. He has more than fifteen years’ experience operationalizing emerging technology including artificial intelligence, networked information systems, robotics, supply chain automation, and enterprise information technology. He is the co-founder of Vecna Robotics, a commercial venture-backed warehouse robotics and workflow orchestration company. Dr. Patt also served as deputy director for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Strategic Technology Office (STO). Dr. Patt previously held technical and leadership positions in the automotive and aerospace industries, focusing on emerging technology, including automation and human-machine integration. He was a MassTechnology Council CEO of the year honoree for emerging technology companies, is a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Honoree, and is the recipient of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Achievement Award in recognition of his work developing and fielding advanced situational awareness software and networking tools in support of combat operations.
Dr. Patt received his B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan.Back to People