John Mears is a Vice President and Tech Fellow at Leidos, with current focus on border security, biometric entry/exit, national scale biometric systems, immigration reform and cyber security.
Previously, Mr Mears was Director of Biometrics and Identity Management, including the TSA’s Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential (TWIC) program, and the FBI’s Fingerprint Scanning Service. Research initiatives include rapid DNA identification, advanced latent print image processing, and genomic forensics. His current focus is international biometric systems, biometric entry/exit, border security, and immigration reform.
Mr Mears began his career with the IBM Corporation in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where he held a number of increasingly responsible technical and management positions, including lead system engineer for the world-wide satellite tracking stations of the Global Positioning System (GPS).
Mr Mears holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and is a PMI certified project manager. Mr Mears is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, member of the Biometrics Institute and IEEE, and a Director and Vice Chairman of the International Biometrics and Identity Association (IBIA).