Regional Engagement Principal, National Security Innovation Network
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Affiliated with CEFR, Spencer represents the National Security Innovation Network, connecting Princeton’s innovation community with Department of Defense needs, through programs for entrepreneurship, problem solving, internships, and hiring. Before joining NSIN, Spencer was Senior Associate Director for Princeton Corporate Engagement from 2013 to 2022, connecting faculty and industry for research collaborations in the areas of engineering and physical sciences. In his CEFR role, he was a member of the NJ Big Data Alliance and liaison to the GradFUTURES Professional Development Working Group and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He also founded and launched the NJ Smart Cities Working Group, which he continues to coordinate.

Prior to joining CEFR, Spencer developed research collaborations in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, with a focus on biotechnology drug manufacturing, at companies including Genzyme/Sanofi and DSM. He began his career as an armor officer in the Regular Army, then served with the Army National Guard after moving to civilian life, completing 20 years of service. He holds an AB from Princeton, and an MBA from Yale. He lives in Princeton and serves on the boards of the Princeton Alumni Veterans Association (PVETS), Alumni and Friends of Princeton ROTC, and is president of the Princeton Officers Society.

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