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Mr. Bednar has a strong desire to remain technically sophisticated and aware of state-of-the-art trends and technologies, becoming involved in the high-level strategies of technical system design and implementations, at the same time assisting with mid- to low-level engineering and systems integration activities.  Mr. Bednar is a versatile, team-oriented individual with strong people skills and an exceptional command of both oral and written communications.


An Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, Mr. Bednar is a subject matter professional in the biometric and identity management industry, specifically interested in physical access control and biometric system design, architecture and integration.  Mr. Bednar has demonstrated a number of successful technical implementations for his clients, as well as consulted on a number of significant projects and problem-solving opportunities.  Mr. Bednar works in the Booz Allen Identity and Access Management team, currently delivering biometric solutions and expertise in the Civil market, with previous experience in the Defense market.

Work experience

Jun 2010Present


Booz Allen Hamilton

Mr. Bednar provides technical services and subject matter expertise to the DHS Science &Technology Directorate Human Factors / Behavioral Sciences Division's Biometric Team. Mr. Bednar applies background knowledge of biometric systems and computer engineering to assist with the deployment of identification systems to the client’spartners and end-users.  Mr. Bednar holds regular discussions with DHS stakeholders and connects with DHS end-users in order to fully understand their operations and requirements, engaging with the biometric community to make recommendations on partnerships with vendors and technologies.  Furthermore, Ryan plans, organizes and leads tasks on multiple projects and ensures the quality of deliverables to maintain and expand client-performer relationships. This entails programmatic support including program management, progress tracking, financial analysis, and document coordination.  Mr. Bednar also supports research and analysis of new and existing biometric technologies that support the clients’ mission.

Nov 2009Jun 2010

Biometric Systems Engineer

National Biometric Security Project

Led the NBSP biometric standards development efforts pertaining to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC37-M1, DOD Biometric Standards Working Group (BSWG) and DHS Biometrics Coordination Group (BCG).  Also assisted with biometric device test execution, troubleshooting, and test reporting.  Coordinated with client representatives on development and system engineering strategies for implementing biometric modalities into their access control systems.

Dec 2007Nov 2009

Biometric Engineer

CSC Identity Labs

Designed and evaluated solutions for the operational demonstration of a DOD-wide biometric repository in a physical access control environment.Integrated and tested COTS products to include in the design strategy and system implementation.Initiated joint efforts with the client, design teams, hardware engineers, and vendors toward the planning, development, and execution of the above operation demonstration.Participated in meetings that led to the implementation of INCITS biometric standards conformance for system to system communication.

Upgraded US Northern Command’s (USNORTHCOM) existing physical access control system to include biometrics.Proposed a Project Plan and Execution Plan and managed the approach to the upgrade in accordance with the customer’s requirements and specifications.Collaborated with the facility security and facilities officers to create an acceptable design architecture.Acted as the Biometric Identity Management Agency's (BIMA) relationship to USNORTHCOM.

Supported the DOD BIMA's endeavor to solve wireless bandwidth limitations for soldiers operating in theater that require the identification of enemy personnel using handheld biometric devices.  Tested a range of biometric devices and military radios; analyzed the transfer speeds of a biometric file from point to point.  Created a method for separating a DOD EBTS file into small “containers” for faster file transfer through limited communication channels.  Coordinated experiment design and vendor hardware integration for quarterly BTF experiments.  Reported the outcome of the experiments and documented the performance of biometric handheld devices during experiment trials.



Dual Bachelor of Sciences

West Virginia University

College of Engineering & Mineral Resources, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Biometric Systems, Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

Minor in Mathematics, Concentration in Micro-sensors and Circuits

Relevant coursework in Biometric Systems, Digital & Analog Electronics, Engineering Design & Analysis, Microprocessor & Microcomputer Structuring and Interfacing, Programming in C & MatLab, Computer System Concepts & Software Engineering Concepts, Operating System Structures, Computer Security, Elementary & Applied Partial Differential Equations.


VSAT Operation


PPI/PII Awareness


Protection of Human Research Subjects


Global VSAT Forum


Information Assurance

Dec 2010Present

Certified Biometric Professional