Former deputy director of national intelligence to speak at Missouri S&T commencement

Stephanie O'Sullivan, former principal deputy director of national intelligence, will speak at two Missouri S&T commencement ceremonies in May. Photo by Sam O'Keefe, Missouri S&T

Stephanie O’Sullivan, former principal deputy director of national intelligence. Photo by Sam O’Keefe, Missouri S&T

Stephanie O’Sullivan, former principal deputy director of National Intelligence at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, will speak at two commencement ceremonies at Missouri S&T this month. O’Sullivan is a 1982 civil engineering graduate of Missouri S&T. During commencement, O’Sullivan will receive the doctor of science, honoris causa.

The first commencement ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13. During the morning ceremony, nearly 600 degrees will be presented to graduate and undergraduate candidates in the departments of biological sciences; chemical and biochemical engineering; chemistry; civil, architectural and environmental engineering; economics; engineering management and systems engineering; English and technical communication; geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering; materials science and engineering; physics; and psychological science.

The second commencement ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13. During the afternoon ceremony, nearly 600 degrees will be awarded to graduate and undergraduate candidates in the departments of arts, languages and philosophy; business and information technology; computer science; electrical and computer engineering; history and political science; mathematics and statistics; mechanical and aerospace engineering; and mining and nuclear engineering.

Both ceremonies will be held in the Gale Bullman Building, located at 10th Street and Bishop Avenue in Rolla.

O’Sullivan served as the principal deputy director of National Intelligence at Office of the Director of National Intelligence from February 2011 to January 2017. During her service with the ODNI, she focused on the operations of the office and the Intelligence Community (IC), as well as IC integration initiatives and resource challenges. Before this assignment, she served as the associate deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where she worked with the director and deputy director in the overall leadership of the agency with emphasis on day-to-day management of the organization.

Prior to becoming associate deputy director of the CIA, O’Sullivan for four years led the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) — the part of the agency responsible for developing and deploying innovative technology in support of intelligence collection and analysis.

In her career, she held various management positions in the CIA’s DS&T, where her responsibilities included systems acquisition and research and development in fields ranging from power sources to biotechnology. A native of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, O’Sullivan joined the CIA in 1995 after working for the Office of Naval Intelligence and TRW.

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