SBIR Program Analyst
Department of Homeland Security
Francis “Frank” Barros joined the DHS/SBIR Program in June 2009 as a Program Analyst. Prior to this, Frank was a General Business Specialist in the Project Management Office of the Technology Innovation Program (TIP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Advanced Technology Program (ATP) at NIST (2002-2009). Frank was a Group Leader in the Electronics and Photonics Office and led the Critical National Need Energy Team.
In 2007 Frank was a recipient of the Department of Commerce’s Bronze medal for his contribution to the first ever assessment of the U.S. measurement system’s ability to sustain innovation. Prior to joining the Government, Frank spent 20 years in the private sector doing debt and equity financing for over 100 small companies ($1.15 billion) with DSL Capital, a spin-off from American University (co-founder, President, Chairman). Frank was also Vice-President of Artco Inc, a joint venture between DSL, Kidde, Inc., and DAF Netherlands for technology transfer to the third world.
Prior to this Frank was Vice-Provost for Research and Academic Development and Associate Professor of Higher Education at The American University, Washington D.C. (1973-1983). He was also Associate Professor and Director of the Higher Education Student Personnel Administration Master’s Program (in conjunction with the Ford Foundation) at Howard University, Washington D.C. (1967-1973).
Frank was born in Hong Kong, educated in Hong Kong, Australia and the United States. He received his BA (1960) in Philosophy and Physics from St. Mary’s Academy, Techny, IL; MA in Education; and PhD (1968) in Higher Education Finance and Management and International Law and Relations from Catholic University, Washington D.C.