Shawn McDonald

Program Manager, Borders & Maritime Security Division

U.S. Dept of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate

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Mr. McDonald is a Program Manager in the Borders and Maritime Security Division within the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency.   He is currently leading the formulation and execution of the Border Situational Awareness Apex program and the execution of the Integrated Maritime Domain Enterprise and Coastal Surveillance System programs.

Mr. McDonald spent the first 15 years of his career supporting the Naval Sea Systems Command as a senior systems engineer leading electro-optical, acoustic, and seismic sensor system research, development and integration projects in support of joint, interagency and international programs.  His expertise includes both active and passive electro-optical sensor systems including missile seekers, LADAR/LIDAR systems and maritime surveillance systems.  He served as the lead Navy technical project officer to numerous international projects involving weapon systems, modeling and simulation and missile defense.  In 2014 Mr. McDonald left the Navy to become a Program Manager in the Borders and Maritime Division within DHS S&T.  He has worked closely with Customs and Border Protection, US Coast Guard and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to develop and transition technology solutions to address user needs in mobile Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance, less-than-lethal use of force weapons, arctic communications and information sharing.

Mr. McDonald graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with honors in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, and graduated with honors in 1996 from the University of Dayton with a Masters of Science in Electro-Optical Engineering. He holds active certifications in Contracting Officer’s Representative Level III, Systems Engineering Level III and is published in several technical proceedings, journals and conferences.