Mr. Sean P. Burke is the Program Manager for the U.S. Humanitarian Demining Research and Development Program at the U. S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Command, Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He executes this program for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict.
Mr. Burke received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University.
Mr. Burke has served in a wide range of positions in countermine research and development and has over 27 years of experience in Countermine Development. He began his government service as a member of the Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC) team at the Belvoir Research, Development and Engineering Center from 1991 through 1993. During this time he deployed overseas twice with the 5th Special Forces Group (ABN); the first time to Kuwait in support of U.S. Army Operation Intrinsic Action, and the second time to Somalia in support of Operation Restore Hope to install light vehicle protection kits on HMMWVs. From 1993 to 1995 he worked for the US Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate on the Off Route Smart Mine Clearance (ORSMC) program.
In 1995, Mr. Burke was selected to be a key member on the congressionally directed DoD Humanitarian Demining Research and Development Program. He first served as the Project Leader for Mine Detection technologies development, and later served as the Deputy Program Manager from 1998-2000. In FY2000, Mr. Burke was selected as the Project Leader for the first dual-sensor handheld mine detector, the Handheld Standoff Mine Detection System (HSTAMIDS). As head of the materiel development team in support of the Program Manager for Close Combat Systems, Mr. Burke played a major role in bringing the system through a production decision in 2002. HSTAMIDS (the AN-PSS/14) has been fielded to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Later in 2002, Mr. Burke was hired as the Program Manager for the U.S. Humanitarian Demining Research and Development Program where he has served. This program is responsible for the development, testing and demonstration of new technology used for demining operations around the world.