Ultra Speakers Bureau | Innovation and R&D Management

Dr Andrew Puryear

Other key appointments
Ultra Group Executive Team member

Dr Andrew Puryear is responsible for the Ultra group’s technology strategy and global research and development to innovate emergent, disruptive, and convergent technologies for a safer tomorrow. Dr Puryear has a background in electrical and computer engineering as well as extensive technology leadership experience in aerospace and defence.

Dr Puryear is the Chairman of the newly formed US Department of Commerce Emerging Technology Technical Advisory Committee (ETTAC), where he advises the department on emergent technology with potential dual-use applications in their developmental stages both within the United States and abroad. He has served in the US Navy Reserves since 2012 as a warfare qualified Engineering Duty Officer and a founding member of a specialized detachment within the Navy Cyber Warfare Group focused on rapidly surfacing new capabilities in cyberspace.

Prior to joining Ultra Electronics, Dr Puryear was the Director of Cyber Strategy and Execution at the MITRE Corporation. Dr Puryear graduated first in his class from MIT with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering with specialties in information theory, analytics, and cryptography. He holds an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford and a BS in electrical engineering, summa cum laude, from Texas A&M.

Areas of expertise:

Innovation management

Defence industry trends

Research and development

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning

Wireless communications

Optical communications

Advanced RF


Lori Thompson

Lori Thompson is a strategy, marketing, and business development leader with extensive experience in strategic planning, technology and offering development, and innovation management and investment across the aerospace, defence, and communications sectors.

As Senior Vice President for Strategy, Business Development and Marketing for our Intelligence & Communications division, Lori is responsible for strategic planning and execution priorities and leading the business development and marketing functions to grow new business opportunities with defense and security organizations worldwide.

She also currently serves as a Board Member for the University of Colorado Alumni Association Advisory Board.

Areas of expertise:

  • Strategy Development & Execution
  • Business Development
  • Market Intelligence
  • Tactical Communications
  • Command and Control Systems
  • Cryptography
  • Software development and business models
  • Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
  • Innovation and R&D management

Mohamad Zahzah

Mo Zahzah is a leading figure in the development of solutions for signature and power management. He has been a key investigator in the development of various technologies, products, and subsystems for the US navy, including Signature Management and Control Systems Design, Power Management, Hybrid Electric Drives (HED), Solid State Quiet Switches (SSQS) & Solid-State Voltage Frequency Converters for JSF Aircraft. He previously held the position of adjunct professor in the Electrical & Computer Science department at California Long Beach State University (CSULB). As Chief Technology Officer of our Signature Management & Power business unit in our Maritime division, Mo is responsible for long-term strategic planning, technology roadmap development, and IR&D formulation.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Control system design
  • Power management & distribution for maritime nuclear navy applications
  • Signature management for surface and subsurface applications
  • Power system(s) architecture
  • Open architecturs

Tony White

Other key appointments
Ultra Fellow (2021)

Tony is an Ultra veteran of nearly 21 years, during which time he has led the creation of platform solutions for a number of Land programmes and co-authored international standards for vehicle, soldier and base architectures. He is considered Ultra’s foremost land systems expert, and is a familiar face across the UK MoD, US DoD, Australian MoD, Nato and all of our prime partners. In 2014 he launched a small R&D project that went on to become UltraLYNX, our industry-leading solider-worn system integration solution.

Areas of expertise:

  • Edge wearable technology
  • Open architectures
  • Combat vehicles
  • Power management

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