Our Mission

R3 Digital Sciences is focused on the research, development, and transition of innovative technology for solving engineering problems related to our nation's defense, security, and environmental concerns. We believe this is best accomplished through the design and integration of revolutionary software, hardware, and information systems. 

Our Capabilities

R3 Digital Sciences has significant expertise across a broad range of computer engineering disciplines. Our expertise in these areas combined with our systems engineering and integration experience has enabled innovative solutions in a variety of technology areas.


Embedded System/Software Design

  • Real time operation
  • Robust, fault tolerant embedded architectures


  • Custom client/server applications
  • High throughput systems for video and communications


  • Application specific HDL implementations
  • High throughput digital interfaces



  • Secure command and control
  • Robust, fault tolerant, and low power operation


  • Low power/throughput to high power/throughput
  • Machine to Machine (M2M) and interprocessor communications


  • Unsupervised learning algorithms
  • Evolvable systems and algorithms

Our Key People

Brent Roeder, P.E.

Brent Roeder is an accomplished, strategic and cross-functional R&D professional with more than a dozen years of experience winning, developing and managing innovative engineering projects. Along with his role at R3-DS, Brent also serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of TechOpp Consulting, a business development consulting firm in Blacksburg, VA. Prior to this, Brent spent a year as the COO for Wireless@Virginia Tech, a world renowned research group within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department focused on fundamental research in cutting edge wireless technology. Prior to joining Wireless@Virginia Tech, Brent spent seven years working for McQ, Inc., a small defense contractor in Fredericksburg, VA. Brent spent his last year successfully building McQ's project portfolio and technology transition capabilities as McQ's Director of Research and Development. Brent also worked as both an engineer and program manager specializing in the design, development, integration and test of embedded electronic systems at McQ. Brent’s leadership of the SBIR bid and proposal team resulted in more than 4 million dollars in SBIR based R&D funding with a win rate for Phase I and Phase IIs that far exceeded the national average. During his time at McQ, Brent’s proposals alone resulted in more than 2 million dollars in DoD funded R&D projects.

Brent earned an M.S. in Computer Engineering from George Mason University (GMU) in 2011. His research focus at GMU was in digital design and resulted in a successful thesis defense for "A Hardware Implantation of the Self Organizing Map (SOM) for a Network Intrusion Detection System." He also has undergraduate degrees in Computer Engineering (BS 2005) and Mathematics (BS 2000) from Virginia Tech. Brent is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Virginia.

Wade Calcutt

Wade Calcutt is an accomplished embedded systems engineer with more than 20 years of experience designing and developing technically challenging products and systems. His expertise encompasses the breadth of hardware and software development starting from conceptual design and development, development of system requirements and designs, engineering tradeoff analyses, development of preliminary and detailed designs, implementing the design in both hardware and software, and system test and evaluation. The majority of his experience has been developing products and systems for defense applications.

Wade’s specialties include system engineering; analog, digital, and mixed-signal circuitry design and development; embedded firmware and software design and development; wireless communications; network communications; low power electronics; battery powered electronics; multiple modality sensing techniques; video capture, processing, and transmission; and shock-hardened, ruggedized electronics. He has served as the principal investigator for multiple Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contracts awarded by the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and DARPA. These projects included developing an instrumented projectile to measure and record the force loading on fabric and composite armor during impact, integrating unattended ground sensor systems (UGS) with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), designing and developing a low power wireless mesh networking radio module that was hardened against shock and impact, and developing a data recorder that was capable of operating during and surviving levels of shock associated with weapon impacts. In addition to serving as the lead engineer for some projects his responsibilities included project management and the associated tasks of cost and schedule tracking, review and approval of system requirements and architecture, and interfacing with the customer.

Wade earned an M.E. in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University in 2011. He also has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University.

Scott Jackson

Scott Jackson has nearly a decade of experience in designing embedded systems for a variety of applications from small low power sensor systems, to kilowatt scale mobile power distribution systems. His specialties include system engineering, mixed-signal circuit design, embedded firmware design, and desktop application design. Most of his experience is with defense applications including low power systems, power storage systems, and shock-hardened electronics.

Scott has been author and co-author on a number of successful Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) proposals including: development of an instrumented projectile to measure impact forces on fabrics, data recording electronics designed to survive weapon impacts, a precision networked time synchronization system, and a safety device designed to sever power to electronic appliances during impact events. He has also developed kilowatt scale mobile power storage and distribution systems designed to improve fuel efficiency of mobile military outposts. In addition to serving as a lead engineer on a number of projects, Scott also has experience as a program manager working with small teams of engineers to develop prototype systems.

Scott earned an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2014. His research focused on scalable, brain-inspired computing which culminated in a thesis titled “Building Maze Solutions with Computational Dreaming.” Scott also holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a B.S. in Software Engineering, both earned from Penn State in 2006.