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Frank Akers-bio

Frank H. Akers, Jr., Ph.D.

President and CEO
Oak Ridge Strategies Group, Inc.
Oak Ridge, TN, and Washington, DC

 Dr. Akers currently serves as the President and CEO of Oak Ridge Strategies Group, Inc. (ORSG), a Small Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO) company specializing in technology discovery, exploitation of disruptive technologies, customer relationship development, and strategic planning.  In this capacity, he is responsible for identifying and creating strategic alliances and partnerships, both public and private sectors, in support of ORSG’s mission.  Dr. Akers also assesses the current mission and strategic vision for corporations and develops recommendations for future implementation. He also sits as a board member for numerous commercial, business, governmental and charitable organizations. Currently, Dr. Akers is the Chairman of the Army Science Board and Co-Chairs the Mars Science Advisory Council for the Mars, Inc.

Prior to founding ORSG, Dr. Akers was Associate Laboratory Director for National Security at ORNL.  In this capacity, he was responsible for managing a focused research and development portfolio that included nonproliferation and threat reduction, arms and export control, homeland security, and counter terrorism technologies for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy.  Dr. Akers also coordinated ORNL activities with the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies with a mission involving national security, homeland security, law enforcement, and public safety. 

After retiring as a Brigadier General from the United States Army and prior to joining UT-Battelle, Dr. Akers served as Vice President, Advanced Technologies, for BWXT Y-12, L.L.C., and Lockheed Martin Energy Systems.  In those positions, he had leadership and management responsibilities for business units with a technical focus that included the National Prototype Center, Advanced Computing Technologies (ACT), Advanced Infrastructure Management Technologies (AIMTech), National Security Program Office (NSPO), and Oak Ridge Centers for Manufacturing Technology (ORCMT).

During his more than 30 years of distinguished military service, General Akers held numerous prominent positions, including: Chief of Staff for the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg; Assistant Division Commander (Operations), 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Assistant Chief of Staff, Operations (G‑3), XVIII Airborne Corps during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm; Director of Operations (J‑3), Joint Special Operations Command;  and Chief of Staff, 82d Airborne Division.  Senior-level commands include 2d Battalion, 9th Infantry, 2d Infantry Division, Republic of Korea; 1st  Battalion, 504th  Parachute Infantry and 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division.  His multiple combat tours include service in the Republic of Vietnam, Grenada. Panama, Southwest Asia, Haiti, and numerous special operations activities.

Dr. Akers is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Duke University (PhD and MS); he also holds a graduate degree in Military Arts and Sciences and has attended several executive development courses at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, and the Center for Creative Leadership.