SCRA's Applied R and D Sector Announces New President
May 24, 2012 – SCRA’s Applied R&D Sector, the company’s collaboration management and technology solutions arm, today announced Chris Van Metre as the new Applied R&D President. Van Metre is the third president of the division since it formed in 1998 and succeeds Rick Self who recently retired.
In his new role, Van Metre will oversee the strategic direction of SCRA Applied R&D, a $190M not-for-profit firm that minimizes the burden of government by helping industry, federal agencies and universities collaborate to rapidly commercialize applied research. Van Metre, a seven year SCRA veteran, has held several positions within the company. He most recently served as SCRA’s Senior Vice President of Business Development Operations, working with the senior leaders in each of the company’s sectors and industry, academic and government partners to identify areas collaborative solutions and pursuits. Prior to that, he served as the SCRA program lead for the Department of Defense’s Ordnance Technology Consortium, a seven year, $700 million program. He began his tenure at SCRA as the Program Manager for the Advanced Maritime Team.
Van Metre began his career in the United States Navy, serving for 20 years in a variety of leadership roles, including submarine command. Van Metre holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame and completed graduate coursework at Tulane University, in addition to completing executive education courses in Business Development Strategy at Kellogg – Northwestern University, MBDi, Karass Negotiation and Furman’s Diversity Leadership Institute.
“I congratulate Chris on his new role as Applied R&D President,” said SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney. “Today marks Chris’ seventh anniversary with the company. Throughout that time, he has been an integral part of our successes by delivering new technology results to our clients, customers and partners. He has brought new business opportunities and revenue streams to SCRA and has been a significant contributor as a manager and thought leader. I look forward to working with him in his new capacity and as a member of the Executive Team.”
SCRA is an applied research corporation with over 29 years of experience delivering technology solutions with high returns on investment to federal and corporate clients. To fulfill our mission, SCRA has three sectors: Our Technology Ventures sector helps early-stage companies to commercialize innovations and create jobs, our Applied R&D sector manages over 100 national and international programs worth over $1.5 billion in contract value and our R&D Facilities sector builds and manages research facilities that include wet labs, secure rooms for sensitive work and advanced high-tech manufacturing shops.
SCRA Applied R&D-led consortia cover a broad spectrum of fields including: automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding, ordnance, advanced materials, defense supply chains, interagency operations centers, signals intelligence, advanced manufacturing and weapons system sustainment. SCRA Applied R&D builds innovative, multi-disciplinary teams from the private sector (Fortune 500 competitors to small businesses), federal agencies and universities. SCRA Applied R&D was recognized as one of America's Top 15 Small Workplaces by The Wall Street Journal in 2010.