Stefanie TompkinsSTEFANIE TOMPKINS has been appointed director for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. Previously vice president for research and technology transfer at the Colorado School of Mines and advisory board member at the Payne Institute for Public Policy, Tompkins holds a bachelor’s degree in earth science from Princeton University as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in geology from  Brown University.