GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4)– A big congratulations for a leader at the Colorado School of Mines. Stefanie Tompkins has been appointed as director for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.

Stefanie Tompkins (credit: Colorado School of Mines)

Tompkins worked as vice president for research and technology transfer at the Mines. She is a military intelligence Army veteran and geologist by training.

Tompkins has spent much of her career developing new technology capabilities.