John Mears is a Leidos Technical Fellow and Master Solutions Architect, with current focus on border and port security, biometric traveler verification, national-scale biometric systems, and pandemic-related travel transformation. He has testified before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on the “Current and Future Applications of Biometric Technologies,” and more recently served on two Congressional panels on uses of biometrics by DHS. Previously, Mr. Mears was Director of Biometrics and Identity Management for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions, which merged with Leidos in 2016.
Mr. Mears holds B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from the University of Florida, and is certified as a Project Management Professional. He is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and a member of the Biometrics Institute. He has served on a number of Boards of Directors, and is currently Chairman of the Board of the International Biometrics and Identity Association (IBIA).