Robert Neches serves in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (ODASD(SE)). He reports to the DASD and his Principal Deputy, and is responsible for fostering technology development enabling innovation in design and system engineering practices across the Department of Defense (DoD) and its industrial suppliers of new products, systems and technologies. Dr. Neches serves as the Priority Steering Council lead for Engineered Resilient Systems (ERS). ERS is one of the seven DoD-wide Science and Technology topic areas which have been designated as a crosscutting priority for the next five years by the Secretary of Defense. Responsibility for the priorities has been given to the Assistant Secretary of Defense Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)), supported by the science and engineering leadership of the Air Force, Army, Navy, and DARPA. As the ERS lead, Dr. Neches is responsble for coordinating all research and development investment planning related to this topic across the services and DARPA, as well as supporting the DASD(SE) and ASD(RE) in representing ERS within the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD). Dr. Neches is further responsible for coordination between the ODASD-SE and the Research Directorate of the OASD(RE) on research issues related to design and systems engineering. He serves as program manager for Systems 2020, an OSD program under ERS submitted in the Presidentís FY2012 Budget. Dr. Neches received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego for a thesis on Artifical Intelligence and Education. He holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Cognitive Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University.