National Strategic Research Institute Appoints Van Gieson as Director of Research Strategy & Chief Technology Officer

October 15, 2015

The Board of Directors of the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska have appointed Eric Van Gieson, Ph.D., as Director of Research Strategy & Chief Technology Officer, a new and paramount position to furthering research solutions for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction at the University of Nebraska, for U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), the Department of Defense (DoD) and the nation.  

Van Gieson was selected for the Director of Research Strategy & Chief Technology Officer position from among several finalists.  A national search was conducted by a selection committee whose members represented key university constituencies including the NSRI, the NSRI Board of Directors, and the University of Nebraska. His duties with the NSRI begin on October 15, 2015.  Van Gieson will be based out of Washington D.C., giving the NSRI a presence in the nation’s capital to more effectively engage with the U.S. Government as a trusted partner in delivering technical solutions.
Van Gieson, a recognized expert in biosurveillance and diagnostics, comes to the NSRI after serving as Research and Development Director of Diagnostics and Biosurveillance at MRI Global, an independent, not-for-profit organization that performs contract research for government and industry.  Prior to MRI Global, he served as Division Chief of Diagnostics and Disease Surveillance with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a Combat Support Agency, supporting USSTRATCOM synchronization of DoD planning efforts to counter weapons of mass destruction.  

Prior to serving in DTRA, Van Gieson worked as a program manager for military diagnostics and counterproliferation within the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, one of 13 University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC’s) across the nation.  The NSRI, also a UARC, is located at the University of Nebraska and exists to deliver relevant and timely research solutions directly impacting DoD operations and national security.  

"Eric brings state-of-the-art technology expertise and leadership to the NSRI, which will help us further expand our research efforts," said Lt. Gen. (Ret) Bob Hinson, NSRI Executive Director. "Eric will help us drive technology innovation in the areas of advanced bio-therapeutics and sensor capabilities to support war-fighter requirements in our combatting weapons of mass destruction research."                                                

Van Gieson holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He has worked in industry and government settings and has publications on topics ranging from genomic analysis to unmanned systems autonomy. He led several technology survey efforts for the Department of Defense in diagnostics and has supported several major diagnostics acquisition and science and technology programs.
Hinson continued that Van Gieson “was selected by the search committee because we saw in him the potential to expand our research across our combating weapons of mass destruction research portfolio and make an impact not only to the University of Nebraska, but to USSTRATCOM, the DoD, other Department /Agency sponsors and the nation.”  

Van Gieson said “I am honored to have been selected to serve as the Director of Research Strategy & Chief Technology Officer at the NSRI.  As the newest UARC, the NSRI boasts limitless potential to grow new research and development opportunities.  The University of Nebraska has the capabilities to deliver potential game changing solutions to the toughest CWMD mission problems and requirements.  I look forward to leveraging my location in Washington D.C. to solve some of our nation's biggest counter-proliferation challenges with new and existing research at the University of Nebraska.”  

About NSRI
Founded in 2012, the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska is the only University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) in the country dedicated to delivering solutions for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) to U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and across other federal agencies. NSRI provides research and development for the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and other governmental agencies in multiple mission-critical competency areas — including development of medical countermeasures to WMD; nuclear detection and forensics; consequence management; chemical and biological weapons detection; and space, cyber, and telecom law. Learn more at