With over three decades of R & D experience as a research physicist and electrical engineer, Dean is currently with the Northrop Grumman Corporations developing electro-optical systems and was with Optical Sciences Division of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory for 23 years. Majoring in physics, he received his Ph.D. degree from Georgetown University. His primary research area is electro-optical systems and components. He has served in various volunteer capacities at St. Michael’s Church in Arlington, VA, which he attends regularly. His leisure activities include golf, tennis, piano, and reading. He’s married to Holly Hawthorne and has two sons, Justin and Garen, who live in Brooklyn, NY, and work on Broadway theater productions.