Adam Jay Harrison was appointed Director of the Center for Smart Defense at the West Virginia University in March 2014. He is a long-time defense entrepreneur and change agent, having led (2003-2006) one of the first rapid innovation organizations established by the Department of Defense in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Under his leadership, the U.S. Army Technical Operations Support Activity earned an unprecedented three consecutive Army Greatest Invention awards (2004-2006) for delivering life-saving solutions to the front lines of conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world. In 2006, Jay founded Mav6, LLC, one of the fastest growing defense technology companies in the U.S. At Mav6 he led the development of the M1400 airship, the largest and most energy efficient unmanned aircraft in history – a product recognized in 2011 by Popular Science Magazine as a top 100 innovation of the year. In 2012, Ernst and Young named Jay “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the Gulf Coast region.