Inventor Portrait: Randall Olsen

May 16, 2013

I try to find a broad category of inventors for this series, including small entrepreneurs and successful legends. So when I read about some of the technology being invented by the Navy in their SPAWAR division, I thought it would be really cool to include some military technology in the project.

When I initially reached out to the Navy, I thought it was a longshot that I could get access and permission to photograph one of their inventors. But ultimately the Navy turned out to be one of the most supportive organizations I’ve reached out to. And their level of organization was unequaled. The whole shoot was a great experience.

They put me in touch with Randall Olsen, who invents antenna technology for the Navy. In our interview, we focused on his DANTE technology which allows for inexpensive high-speed ship-to-ship communication.

Here’s the video, followed by some photos from the shoot: