Maynard has worked as a senior engineering and robotics professional in government and the private sector for the last 25+ years. He has extensive experience in managing interdisciplinary projects of international and commercial importance at Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) and Sandia National Labs, as well as various robotics start-ups in Silicon Valley.
Maynard assembled and led the joint Department of Energy (DOE)/NASA international Pioneer Project Team that designed and fabricated a radiation hardened telerobotic mobile vehicle for site characterization and remediation tasks at Chernobyl unit 4.
While at LLNL Maynard was also awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences’ (AAAS), Science Engineering and Diplomacy Fellowship, bringing him to Washington DC to work in technology policy at USAID and at DOE Headquarters. He is a 3 time DARPA PI on tactical mobile robotics, visual pattern recognition and micro air vehicle navigation programs.
As a DOE project manager for the U.S./Russia Nuclear Material Security Task Force, from 1996-1998 he led interdisciplinary 10 person expert teams in Russia to negotiate, and implement nuclear material security upgrades. He was awarded the DOE’s Meritorious Service Award, its highest, for his exceptional service in helping secure tons of weapons grade nuclear material.
He won scholarships to Stanford University and the International Space University in France and was a two-time finalist for the U.S. Astronaut Corp.
Maynard holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Design from Stanford University where he emphasized robotics and international security and arms control. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
He is a Co-Founder of Robot Garden, the robotics themed hacker space in Livermore California. He also has been working with Bay Area public schools lecturing on robotics and teaching robotics through the Citizen Schools program in East Oakland. He was named Citizen Schools Volunteer of the Year for 2012 and was also recognized with a Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the White House for his efforts with Citizen Schools over the past several years.
He was a Presidential Appointee and Senior Technical Advisor to Frank Kendall the longest serving Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics in the history of the Pentagon.
As the senior technical advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense, he provided the Secretary, Service Acquisition Executives, Program Executive Officers, and Program Managers expert technical and programmatic analysis and advice on a broad range of research, development, acquisition, and sustainment issues. He led OUSD(AT&L) analyses of commercial Independent Research and Development (IRAD) programs.
He helped establish the Department’s Defense Innovation Unit – experimental (DIUx) in Silicon Valley that the Secretary of Defense announced in a speech at Stanford in April 2015.
He was one of several government advisers to the 2015 Defense Science Board (DSB) summer study on Autonomy where he used extensive industry and laboratory contacts to help inform the Study. He helped formulate stretch problems and recommendations that are currently being operationalized by AT&L technical staff.
Invited participant at multiple White House meetings on STEM excellence. These gatherings bring together leaders from government, industry and academia to address the STEM diversity pipeline. He also participated in the IMAGE of STEM event at the White House that addressed the portrayal of STEM professionals in the media and is a participant in White House Leadership program.
Technologies he is familiar with include; additive manufacturing of electronics in relations to tamper resistance, generative design, artificial intelligence and machine learning for autonomous systems, unmanned aerial system development and defense.
He has defense policy depth with the current set of geopolitical national security issues that include the South China Sea territorial claims by China, foreign weapon development programs, and multinational cyber threat actors.
He is involved in the My Brothers Keeper task force initiative to help implement programs to increase opportunities for all young people across the country—to ensure they can achieve their full potential regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born.