Brad Halsey

CEO and Founder
Brad Halsey

Brad is at his best solving, or teaching others to solve, the hardest, most important, and the most time-critical technical problems out there. Brad prides himself as an experienced and extremely motivated scientist who thrives at leading teams of fellow scientists and engineers to develop bespoke technology to rapidly solve critical technology problems, especially in challenging, austere, and combat environments.

Brad is CEO of the non-profit called Tech Garden which is focused on providing the resources for teaching problem solving with technology to the community, especially underserved communities, veterans, educators, and kids. Tech Garden aims to create a project-centric educational resource – a build space where people learn how to create solutions using the tools of technology.

Brad is also CEO of Building Momentum, Brad has started and grown a company that provides world-class professional technology education through project/challenge-driven technology instruction. Building Momentum also provides bespoke technology development and unique rapid prototyping consulting on topics such as mobile build-lab design and fabrication, 3D printing in combat, open source technologies, and internet of things.

Prior to these endeavors, Brad was the Program Manager (for over three years) for Exponent Inc. overseas engineering efforts (Expeditionary Engineering) in Afghanistan supporting the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) and the UK. Expeditionary Engineering program management includes recruiting, training, equipping, and deploying Ph.D. scientists and engineers to war zones and other austere environments to create, innovate, and design novel and unique solutions for the Warfighter in real-time on the battlefield or theater of operations.

Prior to becoming the Program Manager for Exponents expeditionary engineering projects, Brad spent eight months overseas in Iraq (2008) working as the Lead Engineer in the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force Laboratory. In addition to running and overseeing the Lab, Brad developed dozens of technologies for the military engaged in combat operations. These technologies included clandestine/overt surveillance, thermal imaging and analysis, tagging/tracking/locating, counter IED devices and materials, psychological operations and military deception, power solutions, vehicle enhancements, and others.

Along with program managing the REF Expeditionary Engineering effort, Brad managed large, multi-million dollar surveillance projects including the Rapidly Deployed Integrated Surveillance System (RDISS) and the Mid-Range Thermal Imager (MRTI). Brad has also successfully led teams to conduct “Red Teaming” projects that exploit current and emerging technologies demonstrating weaknesses and providing solutions, and a myriad of other projects and technologies.

Before joining Exponent, Brad was a Senior Research Engineer at SRI International where he managed, led, and contributed to several government technology programs involving diverse teams of scientists, engineers, and disciplines.

Brad also served, prior to joining SRI International, as the Combat Systems Officer, Combat Information Center Officer, Intelligence Officer, and Electronic Warfare Officer onboard USS BRIDGE during OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH.

Brad has a diverse background in chemistry, optics, and materials science, as well as rapid prototyping, field engineering, engineer and leadership training, program management, military technologies and operations, technology consulting, and military service (LT, USN).

Brad has specific scientific expertise in polymers, coatings/paints, novel coating application processes, linear and non-linear optical materials, material/chemistry characterization (FTIR, UV/Vis, NMR, ICP/MS, FESEM, GC/TOF/MS, IR radiometrology), biochemistry, infrared detectors, MEMS devices, nano and meso physiochemical systems, meta-materials, polyceramics, electrophoretic deposition, and military demonstrations, vehicles, operations, and technologies. He has managed and performed on projects with the Army, DARPA, ARL, NRL, SOCOM, and others involving military technologies and field tests. Brad also has specific expertise in Naval operations and tactics.

Brad graduated from Vanderbilt University with an ACS accredited BS in Chemistry.