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Mark Yeary Named Chief Technology Officer for OADII

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April 18, 2022

Mark Yeary Named Chief Technology Officer for OU’s Oklahoma Aerospace and Defense Innovation Institute

Ret Lt Gen Gene Kirkland
Mark Yeary

Mark B. Yeary, Ph.D., has been named the chief technology officer for the Oklahoma Aerospace and Defense Innovation Institute at the University of Oklahoma. Yeary is a George Lynn Cross Professor in the Gallogly College of Engineering’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a founding member of the Advanced Radar Research Laboratory at OU. 

“Dr. Yeary is a nationally recognized leader in advanced radar technology research and its application to national security issues,” said Lt. Gen. (ret.) Gene Kirkland, executive director of the Oklahoma Aerospace and Defense Innovation Institute. “Dr. Yeary was instrumental in establishing OU’s Defense, Security and Intelligence initiative. His vision and in-depth understanding of OU’s technical strengths and capabilities in advanced technologies will benefit Oklahoma and our nation.”

OADII was established in 2021 to bring together OU’s capabilities and resources with a network of industry and government partners in support of the university’s aerospace, defense and global security research initiative. This focus is one of four strategic research verticals defined in OU’s “Lead On, University” Strategic Plan that applies convergent OU research to significant, real-world challenges.

As chief technology officer, Yeary will create and implement technology strategies that align with the state’s goals in growing the aerospace and defense economy in Oklahoma. He will guide the institute’s development of innovative solutions that span radar, additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence and machine learning and quantum technologies.

OC-ALC researchers sit at a table discussing their latest project
Mark Yeary (right) briefs the Associate Laboratory Director for National Security Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory Moe Khaleel, Ph.D. (left, back) in the anechoic chamber of the Radar Innovations Lab at OU. Khaleel and other members of the Oak Ridge National Lab visited campus on April 5, 2022.

“I am proud to be selected to lead the technology strategy for OADII and strengthen OU’s excellence in the aerospace and defense realm,” Yeary said. “I look forward to working closely with OU faculty and partners to leverage OU’s world-class research capabilities in radar, sustainment and modernization, and advanced technologies.”

Yeary received doctoral, master of science and bachelor of science degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a licensed Professional Engineer and member of the Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies.