Dr. Camron Gorguinpour serves as the Director of Transformational Innovation to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisitions (SAF/AQ) and is responsible for designing and executing reform efforts with potential for rapid and dramatic improvement to Air Force acquisition activities. He works with internal and external stakeholders to solicit, advocate for, and implement transformative concepts in a wide range of subject areas. In addition to these duties, Dr. Gorguinpour serves as Executive Director for the Department of Defense Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Program. He is responsible for designing and executing a large-scale, multi-year effort to integrate PEV's into the Defense Department’s non-tactical vehicle fleet.
Prior to arriving at the Pentagon, Dr. Gorguinpour served as Executive Director for Scientists and Engineers for America – a 501c-3 nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to engaging scientists and engineers in public policy and political activities. Dr. Gorguinpour also served for six years as Co-Founder and Executive Director for Space Science Outreach and Research (SSOAR) – a 501c-3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting science and education. Through SSOAR, Dr. Gorguinpour executed numerous programs, including the creation of two public charter schools in collaboration with NASA, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation. Dr. Gorguinpour served for four years as a lecturer and part-time faculty member in the Bioengineering Department of the University of California, Berkeley. In this role, he created and taught courses in the field of bioastronautics (i.e. human physiology in space).
Dr. Gorguinpour earned his PhD from the UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco Joint Graduate Program in Bioengineering, with an emphasis in bioastronautics. His area of specialty was in evaluating the radiation impact on human health and performance in space. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics and physics from UC Berkeley.
2003 Bachelor of Arts, Astrophysics and Physics, University of California, Berkeley
2010 Doctorate, Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley/University of California, San Francisco
1. 2002 - 2008, Executive Director, Space Science Outreach and Research, Berkeley, Calif.
2. 2002 - 2006, Lecturer, Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley
3. 2009 - 2010, Executive Director, Scientists and Engineers for America, Washington, D.C.
4. 2010 - present, Executive Director, Department of Defense Plug-In Electric Vehicle Program, Washington, D.C.
5. 2014 - present, Director, Transformational Innovation, U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
(Current as of June 2015)