Michael Wetzl (2016-17)
Michael U. Wetzl is serving at the 2016-2017 DHS Fellow, joining RAND from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) component. Michael joined CBP's Office of Technology, Innovation and Acquisition (OTIA) in 2012 as the Test Manager for the Integrated Fixed Towers (IFT) System. In that position he was responsible for the test and evaluation of the IFT system from its procurement demonstration through the Nogales deployment System Acceptance Testing, a role in which he was nominated as the DHS Test and Evaluation Engineer of the Year. During his period at CBP he served as Acting Branch Chief for the Test and Evaluation Branch (May 2014 — Jan 2015) and in October 2015 became the Lead Systems Engineer for the SBI Net Block-1 Program.
Prior to his work as a federal employee, Michael served in Test and Evaluation as a contractor supporting the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Department of Defense (DoD) Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E). He served as the president (2010 – 2012) of the George Washington Chapter of the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) and on the national board as the Membership Chairperson. He received his BS in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University in 2001 and his MBA from George Mason University in 2010.
Michael's areas of focus at RAND include DoD Test Infrastructure, Cyber testing, Illegal Immigration, Transnational Drug Trafficking, DHS Risk Analysis, Systems Engineering, Law Enforcement and Government Acquisition.