Roger Misso named inaugural Syracuse University National Security Innovation Network Program Director

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Roger Misso joins the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) as its inaugural Syracuse University Program Director. In this role, Roger will be responsible for connecting Syracuse University students, faculty, and early-stage ventures with bespoke NSIN programming. As the first formal university partner in New York State, the Syracuse University community will have unprecedented access to Department of Defense problem sets, hiring and internship programs, and opportunities to create and expand start-ups leveraging dual-use technology. NSIN is dedicated to the work of bringing together defense, academic, and entrepreneurial innovators to solve national security problems in new ways.

Prior to joining NSIN, Roger was a candidate for the US House of Representatives and executive director of a political action committee supporting veterans and military family members of integrity for public office. A 12-year veteran of the United States Navy, Roger has deployed as a naval flight officer, served as a speechwriter in the Pentagon, and led as a senior analyst for digital engineering and cyber operations. He is a veteran of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum, Defense Innovation Lab, and the Center for International Maritime Security.

Roger is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Harvard Kennedy School. He and his wife, Christy, live in the Meadowbrook neighborhood of Syracuse with their two children, Amelia and Jack.