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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Draper Laboratory Names Elizabeth Mora as New Vice President for Finance & Administration

The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., has selected Elizabeth (Beth) Mora as its new Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer. In this role, Mora will be responsible for all financial, contracts, legal, security, facilities and information technology activities of the Laboratory. She will report to President & CEO Jim Shields.

Mora was most recently the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Finance at Harvard University, where she was responsible for overseeing the university’s $3 billion operating budget and coordinating the financial affairs of Harvard’s eleven schools. In her more than decade long career at Harvard, she was also the Associate Vice President, Research Administration and the Director of the Office of Sponsored Research, where she was responsible for all management, financial and compliance matters for over 7,000 research grants totaling over $650 million. Prior to joining Harvard, Beth was one of the founding members of Coopers and Lybrand’s national regulatory consulting practice (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers). 

“Beth brings to Draper the experiences from a very successful career,” said Shields. “She is very familiar with the contract research and government compliance aspects of our business in addition to being a seasoned finance professional." 

Draper Laboratory is a non-profit engineering research and development laboratory dedicated to serving the national interest in applied research, engineering development, advanced technical education, and technology transfer. Areas of technology development include guidance, navigation, and control: inertial, strategic and tactical systems; miniature low-power systems; information & decision systems; complex, reliable systems; and biomedical engineering.

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