Mr. Padilla has over 30 years of experience in Government contracting. He is the former Director of Contracts and Grants for the Office of Naval Research (ONR), where he focused on business processes for basic research, manufacturing technology, weapon systems prototypes and commercial-military dual-use applications. His contracting activities centered on transitioning new technologies from industry, academia and government into fielded fleet-ready systems. Prior to his work at ONR, he served as the Deputy Director of Contracts for the Navy's Strategic Systems Programs Office and as Chair of the Defense Acquisition Research & Development Committee. Mr. Padilla has also served a Contracts Negotiator to NASA's Ames Research Center. Mr. Padilla holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration from San Jose State University and a Master's Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.