Chief of Staff
John Bramer is Chief of Staff of the SEI and Executive Director of SEI Washington, DC, Operations. As Chief of Staff, Bramer oversees various aspects of SEI's internal operations including security, information technology, communications, staff relations, policy development, and community involvement. He has offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Arlington, Virginia.
An Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Bramer joined the SEI in 2007 after 10 years with SRI International, formerly the Stanford Research Institute. Bramer's roles at SRI included Systems Engineer for DARPA's Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program, Director of the Radio Science and Engineering Division, Director of Engineering, and Executive Director of Washington, DC, Operations. Bramer was instrumental in establishing SRI's multimillion-dollar Harrisonburg, VA, Center for Advanced Drug Research. During his tenure, SRI's business tripled to more than $300 million per year.
Bramer retired from the U.S. Navy as a Captain in 1997 after serving in assignments worldwide for more than 23 years. In addition to multiple operational tours as a qualified Surface Warfare and Naval Flight Officer, he served in research, development, and acquisition roles, including assignments as Commanding Officer of an Aviation Depot headquartered in Japan and as a Major Program Manager at the Naval Air Systems Command for the Tomahawk Cruise Missile and Precision-Targeting and Mission-Planning Systems. Bramer received numerous team and personal awards during his military career, including the 1997 DoD Joint Service David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award.
Bramer earned a BS in Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned an MS degree from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA from Duke University.