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John Mears

Vice President and Tech Fellow, Leidos, USA
 

 

Biography
John Mears is a Vice President and Tech Fellow specializing in biometrics, identity management, and forensics. He uses technology to improve citizen services, homeland security, law enforcement, defense, and intelligence operations.

Previously, Mr Mears was Director of Biometrics and Identity Management, including the TSA’s Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential (TWIC) program, and the FBI’s Fingerprint Scanning Service. Research initiatives include rapid DNA identification, advanced latent print image processing, and genomic forensics.  His current focus is international biometric systems, biometric entry/exit, border security, and immigration reform.

Mr Mears began his career with the IBM Corporation in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where he held a number of increasingly responsible technical and management positions, including lead system engineer for the world-wide satellite tracking stations of the Global Positioning System (GPS).
   
Mr Mears holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida. He is an LM Certified Program Manager and Qualified Capture Manager. Mr Mears is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a Director of the International Biometrics and Identity Association (IBIA), and member of the Biometrics Institute.


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