Dr. Yazmin Carroll serves as the Director for Technology Maturation in the Innovation, Science and Technology directorate at the Missile Defense Agency. She is responsible for researching revolutionary technologies and developing those technologies to create and enable future Missile Defense capabilities.
She leads over 40 civilian and contract personnel to develop and transform cutting edge technologies into applications for insertion into the Missile Defense systems by capitalizing on the innovation and creativity of the Nation’s small businesses and universities. Dr. Carroll’s portfolio includes oversight of the Agency’s Advanced Research Program Execution, Small Business Innovation Research, Small Business Technology Transfer, Broad Agency Announcement, and Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Research and Development Rapid Innovation Funds.
Prior to her current position, Dr. Carroll served as the X-Band Sensors Chief Engineer responsible for the technical leadership of the Army/Navy Transportable Radar Surveillance #2 (AN/TPY-2) and the Sea Based X-Band (SBX) radars for the Sensors Directorate in the Missile Defense Agency. She managed efforts of 15 radars around the world including Foreign Military Sales in various stages of the acquisition cycle ranging from development to Operations and Sustainment.
Dr. Carroll also served as the Lead Engineer for the AN/TPY-2 Product Office at the Missile Defense Agency responsible for the development of radar capability and delivery to the Warfighter. In this position, Dr. Carroll implemented the first Electronic Protection and Corporate Clutter (CC) radar programs which began a major acquisition effort for the AN/TPY-2 radar. Additionally, Dr. Carroll served as the Director for the Analysis and Modeling and Simulation for the Sensors Directorate in the Missile
Defense Agency. In this position, Dr. Carroll developed an innovative, cost-effective next generation set of Open Systems Architecture digital and hardware-in-the-loop models which support performance assessments, exercises, and Warfighter training.
Prior to joining the Missile Defense Agency in 2010, Dr. Carroll’s experience includes fifteen years in detailed analysis and modeling of domestic and foreign missile and radar systems at Dynetics, and infrared hard body modeling at Science Applications International Corporation.
Dr. Carroll holds a bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama. She is a member of the Department of Defense Acquisition Corps and holds Level III certification in Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering. Dr. Carroll has been recognized with the 30th Annual Black Engineer of the Year Award, Modern-Day Technology Leader Award, selected as the President of the First Latin American Congress for the Business Woman, Professional of the Year Award by Society of Women Engineers, and inducted into the Honorable and Ancient Order of Saint Barbara.
Current as of June 2022