Paige R. Atkins
900 N Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203
Ms. Atkins is the Vice President for Cyber and IT Research at the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation (VT-ARC), where she leads the cybersecurity and information technology research portfolio. Ms. Atkins is a cybersecurity and information technology (IT) executive with over 28 years of government and industry experience. She is known for her innovation and superb business acumen with extensive defense, interagency and international expertise.
As a former member of the Senior Executive Service, Ms. Atkins served as Director for Strategic Planning and Information, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), leading the development and execution of resourcing strategies, business practices and strategic alliances to provide enhanced capabilities and services to our Nation’s warfighters and National leadership. She joined DISA in 2006 as the Director of the Defense Spectrum Organization. In that role, she provided executive leadership to DoD’s center of excellence for electromagnetic spectrum engineering and management, policy development, information systems, modeling and simulation, and operations support.
Prior to DISA, Ms Atkins served in several industry and government leadership and engineering roles within Cisco Systems, Inc., Scitor Corporation, the Joint Spectrum Center and Gould Ocean Systems Division. Her expertise spans the breadth of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) technologies and capabilities with an emphasis on cybersecurity, information technology and wireless systems.
In 2011 Ms. Atkins was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, and has been hand selected to support multiple Defense and Air Force Scientific Advisory Boards. She holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in engineering administration from George Washington University.