Alex Athey

Alex Athey

Lead, Emerging Security and Technology Group

Applied Research Laboratories, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Alex Athey leads the Emerging Security and Technology Group at Applied Research Laboratories at the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Athey’s responsibilities include identifying emerging threats and new gaps in security from recent technological advances.   In this capacity and for Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and Intelligence Community, Dr. Athey has investigated and brought to leadership the issues of the insider threat, human reliability, rare event analysis, cyber security, cyber-physical security, and non-traditional aviation technology. 

Dr. Athey’s expertise includes: multi-wavelength remote sensing, energy technology, sensors and electronics, physics-based data analytics, nanotechnology, physical security, cyber and critical infrastructure protection, and biosensors.  As a designer and instrument builder, Dr. Athey has solely or collaboratively built eight complex instruments for challenging environments (remote mountains, coastal seas, subsea, borehole, urban spaces): optical/IR telescopes, high speed imagers, high resolution spectrographs, maritime passive sonar, magnetic, pressure wave sensor buoys, low-frequency geophysical tools, and portable radiation mapping systems.

Dr. Athey holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Michigan and has previously worked for the Carnegie Institute for Science.  Ten years ago Dr. Athey returned to his hometown of Austin, Texas to develop applied science for government and industry through his employment with The University of Texas.