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Alumni Highlights

Mr. Elmer L. Roman


Mr. Elmer L. Roman is the Director of the Office of Naval Research Global – Latin America office, located at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago , Chile . He is also the current Secretariat General of the Specialized Inter-American Naval Conference on Science and Technology.

Prior to this assignment he served as the Science Advisor to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy, and Strategy and to the Director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In that capacity, Mr. Roman provided technical oversight of the Department of the Navy's Antiterrorism Research and Development Program and served as liaison between the U.S. Naval Research Enterprise, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Joint Staff, the Fleet / Marine Forces, and other government agencies. Mr. Roman also chaired the Maritime Security Technical Advisory Group and served as the Chief of Naval Operations representative to the DoD Combating Terrorism Technology Task Force. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Roman was the Deputy Director of the Naval Operations Other Than War Technology Center, a component of the Naval Sea Systems Command Dahlgren Division, where he established the Navy Antiterrorism Technology Coordination Office.

He earned his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez Campus, and his M.S. degree in Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University . Mr. Roman also served as Program Manager for the Targeting and Vulnerability Analysis Branch, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division; Lead Engineer of the U.S. Space Command's Critical Infrastructure Protection program; and Project Lead Engineer at the Joint Program Office for Special Technology Countermeasures. In addition, Mr. Roman worked as a weapons expert in support of operations at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center , the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other national agencies. While in college, Mr. Roman worked as an Engineer-in-Training for the Defense Contract Management Command International-then an agency part of the Defense Logistics Agency.

Mr. Roman is a graduate from the United States Marine Corps Officers Candidate School, the U.S. Navy Engineering Duty Officer School, and is pursuing a certificate in Legislative Studies from the Government Affairs Institute. He is a life member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, the Golden Key honor society, life member of the U.S. Naval Institute, the Reserve Officers Association, and the Naval Reserve Association. He also serves in the Department of the Navy Advisory Council for Hispanic Employment. After six years of service in the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Roman transferred to the Navy Reserve Engineering Duty Officer program and is currently assigned to the Naval Sea Systems Command Heavy Lift / Dry-Docking Unit as a Ship Stability Officer / Docking Observer and Assistant Project Superintendent for Ship Construction and Repair. He has participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mr. Roman personal decorations include the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the Navy League RADM William S. Parsons Award for Scientific and Technical Progress, the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, the Joint Meritorious Commendation, two Navy Achievement Medals, twice the National Defense Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal among others.

Mr. Roman is married to the former Ivette Del Toro and lives in Santiago, Chile . They have a son, Diego Enrique.