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Thomas Harper, Ph.D.


Company: Los Alamos Labs
Location: Los Alamos, NM
Email: tharper@lanl.gov

Short Biography

Dr. Thomas A. Harper is the chief information officer (CIO) of Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidiscipline U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratory focused on national security science.

His professional career path has included several DOE laboratories. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, he held positions as a research scientist, operations manager for the Environmental and Molecular Sciences Laboratory Super Computer center, and senior program manager supporting national security interests. During this period, Harper also served as an adjunct professor at Washington State University. At Idaho National Engineering Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho, he held the position of chief information technology officer and then transitioned into the role of director of Critical Infrastructure Protection for the laboratory's National and Homeland Security organization. As a federal employee at DOE headquarters in Washington, D.C., he served as director of Information and Special Technology Programs for the Office of Counterintelligence (CI) and established a National CI-Cyber program including a cyber-sensor network covering the major research entities of the department.

Dr. Harper has been recognized for his contribution in the information technology and security arenas by the cabinet-level Secretary of Energy Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration. This past year, he received the Charlene Douglas award, the highest honor bestowed by the Department of Energy for lifetime contribution to the field of cyber security.