Colonel (Retired) Stoney Trent, Ph.D. is a Research Professor at Virginia Tech and is the founder and president of The Bulls Run Group, LLC, a company that specializes in delivering human-centered artificial intelligence for high-risk work. Dr. Trent is a Cognitive Engineer and Military Intelligence and Cyber Warfare veteran extensive experience planning and leading interdisciplinary initiatives. At Virginia Tech, he led the planning of a University Institute for National Security, serves as Fellow for the Acquisition Innovation Research Center, and leads cross-departmental strategic initiatives.
While on active duty, Dr. Trent designed and secured over $350M to stand up the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) for the Department of Defense. As the Chief of Missions in the JAIC, he established product lines to deliver human-centered AI to improve warfighting and business functions. While at U.S. Cyber Command, he established and directed a $50M applied research lab to develop and assess technologies for the Cyber Mission Force.
Dr. Trent has served as a Strategic Policy Research Fellow with the RAND Arroyo Center and is a former Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and Leadership at the United States Military Academy. He has served in combat and stability operations in Iraq, Kosovo, Germany, and Korea. Dr. Trent is a graduate of the Army War College and former Cyber Fellow at the National Security Agency. He is the recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Bronze Star.