André Hentz assumed the role of Deputy Under Secretary (Acting) for Science and Technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in January 2017. He previously served as Senior Leader and Science Advisor to the Under Secretary and Chief Scientist for the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T).
He joined S&T in 2014, and has led priority programs that address emerging threats in the homeland security landscape. In 2016, he spearheaded the Department’s Rapid Reaction Team on Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (CUAS), which was established to help homeland security officials counter nefarious drone use. Mr. Hentz’s efforts identified solutions and requirements to help federal government agencies evaluate and invest in CUAS technologies.
In response to the opioid abuse crisis gripping the nation, in 2017 Mr. Hentz led S&T’s public-private research efforts to improve synthetic opioid detection and related decision-making capabilities on the part of security authorities. S&T’s research investments included package screening and inspecting at international mail facilities, on-scene solutions for first responders, and data analytics. To increase knowledge sharing and protections, this multifaceted effort is creating and delivering new machine learning capabilities for identifying patterns of illicit trade and suspicious networks and informing existing threat libraries.
As a research and development adviser, Mr. Hentz works closely with DHS Acquisition and Procurement to guide the delivery of force-multiplying solutions across the homeland security enterprise. Mr. Hentz directs R&D investments to facilitate collaborations between government representatives and industry innovators to solve specific problems and reduce risks. His expertise in next-generation technologies, capability development and accelerating technology transition has brought smart and connected solutions to fruition, in areas that include artificial intelligence, biometrics, and next generation sensors. This work has expanded collaborative R&D efforts by the DHS Silicon Valley Innovation Program and University Centers of Excellence.
Prior to joining S&T, Mr. Hentz served as Director of Mission Support at the Department of Defense’s Intelligence Systems Support Office (ISSO). While at ISSO, he also served as Senior Intelligence Officer, Intelligence Oversight Monitor, and Military Intelligence Program Functional Director, and Deputy Director of Mission Support and Chief of Acquisitions.
Mr. Hentz earned a Master of Science in management from the University of Maryland, University College in 2005, and a Bachelor of Arts in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.