Deputy Director, Office of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO)
Department of Defense
Ms. Sharon Beermann-Curtin is the Deputy Director of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), whose mission is to identify, analyze and accelerate the development and transition of capabilities to counter strategic adversaries. Ms. Beermann-Curtin has over 25 years of government experience in technology and product development. Prior to joining SCO, she served as the Technical Lead for Power & Energy at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) between 2010-2014 managing the organization’s high power electrical ship systems, power source and conversion technologies, alternative fuels, and Future Naval Capabilities Power & Energy Pillar. In 2004, Ms. Beermann-Curtin joined the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) serving as a Program Manager for 5 years. She served in both the Defense Systems Office (DSO) and the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) with a portfolio of programs focused on power and energy generation and electrical system components, including: batteries, fuel cells, high power capacitors, high power semiconductors (Silicon Carbide based), and biofuels through chemical synthesis (sunlight to fuel). From 2002-2003 she was a visiting scholar in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Ocean Engineering Department (13-A program).
Ms. Beermann-Curtin has a vast knowledge of DoD acquisition, serving from 1999-2001 as the first Chief Technology Officer for the Program Executive Office – Aircraft Carriers, responsible for the transition of new technologies to both in-service and future Aircraft Carriers. She has also held numerous positions at ONR, including: Acting Deputy Department Head of the Materials and Physicals Sciences and Ship Hull Mechanical & Electrical Science & Technology Department; Technology Manager for Ship Systems in the Hull, Mechanical and Electrical S&T Division; and Program Manager for Underwater Weapons Countermeasures.
Previous to her government service Ms. Beermann-Curtin worked at McDonnell Douglas in the Electronic Systems Corporation.
Ms. Beermann-Curtin holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology. Ms. Beermann-Curtin is a Naval Meritorious Civilian Service Award recipient.