Who We Are

At Draper, we believe exciting things happen when new capabilities are imagined and created.

Whether formulating a concept and developing each component to achieve a field-ready prototype or combining existing technologies in new ways, Draper engineers apply multidisciplinary approaches that deliver new capabilities to customers.

As a not-for-profit research and development company, Draper focuses on the design, development and deployment of advanced technological solutions for the world’s most challenging and important problems.  

We provide engineering services directly to government, industry, and academia; work on teams as prime contractor or subcontractor; and participate as a collaborator in consortia. We provide unbiased assessments of technology or systems designed or recommended by other organizations — custom designed, as well as commercial-off-the-shelf.

Draper is a recognized world leader in both Positioning, Navigation & Timing and Microsystems, with additional expertise in Precision Instrumentation, Fault-Tolerant Systems, Secure & Assured Systems, Autonomous Systems, Image & Data Analytics, Human-Centered Solutions, Materials Engineering & Microfabrication, and Biomedical Solutions. With a strong commitment to deliver working solutions, we apply ourselves to a variety of domains from space to undersea—and many areas in between.

We build working prototypes for field testing, accelerating design iterations; and we complete small production runs. We work with commercial partners to transition our technology to commercial large-volume production, including licensing intellectual property, and provide life-cycle support, including technology refresh.

Kaigham (Ken) J. Gabriel, President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Kaigham (Ken) J. Gabriel
President & CEO

Ken was most recently the deputy director of the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group at Google, which he helped establish when he joined the organization in 2012 as Corporate Vice President at Google/Motorola Mobility. From 2009 to 2012, Ken was the Deputy Director, and then Acting Director, of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the Department of Defense where he led an agency with an annual budget of $3B that is charged with managing the Department’s portfolio of its most cutting-edge projects to both create and avoid technology surprises.

Officers of the Corporation

Alexa Z. Adams, Secretary and General Counsel
Alexa Z. Adams
Secretary and General Counsel

Tara S. Clark, Vice President for Commercial
Tara S. Clark
Vice President for Commercial

Steven J. DiTullio, Vice President for Strategic Systems
Steven J. DiTullio
Vice President for Strategic Systems
Jennifer Jensen, Vice President for National Security & Space
Jennifer Jensen
Vice President for National Security & Space
Elizabeth Mora, Chief Administrative Officer
Elizabeth Mora
Chief Administrative Officer

Richard J. Russell, Vice President for Engineering
Richard J. Russell
Vice President for Engineering

Board of Directors

Draper’s primary governing body is our Board of Directors. They are elected by our Members of the Corporation, who serve as the non-profit equivalent of stockholders, providing continuity and insight to our Directors. Draper senior management serve as Officers of the Corporation and oversee Draper's day-to-day operations.

Franklin C. Miller, Chairman of the Board
Franklin C. Miller
Chairman of the Board
David B. Aronoff
David B. Aronoff

Kaigham (Ken) Gabriel, President and Chief Executive Officer
Kaigham (Ken) J. Gabriel
Lena G. Goldberg
Lena G. Goldberg

Daniel E. Hastings
Daniel E. Hastings

Francis H. Kearney
Francis H. Kearney

Joanne M. Maguire
Joanne M. Maguire

Gary S. May
Gary S. May

John T. Mitchell
John Mitchell

David R. Shedd
David R. Shedd

Richard D. Williams
Rick Williams

Elizabeth M. Young
Elizabeth Young

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