Randy enjoys exercising outdoors – especially tennis, bike riding, and walking his 80- and 8-pound dogs together.
Randolph Atkins Account Director
“I have always been fascinated by DARPA, so Spire has given me a dream opportunity. I get to learn from incredibly smart and creative people there and convey how their revolutionary work makes science become actionable in high-impact ways.”
Randy comes to Spire after 19 years as director of communications and media relations at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). For 17 of those years, he also reported weekly “Engineering Innovation” stories on Washington, D.C.’s WTOP Radio. Randy led an influential study that identified 14 “Grand Challenges for Engineering,” a nationwide series of scenario-based “News & Terrorism: Communicating in a Crisis” workshops, “The Next MacGyver” project to crowdsource ideas for a TV show starring a female engineer, and an engineering Call to Action for solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before joining the NAE, Randy worked for the American Chemical Society and the American Physical Society. He was an on-air reporter for a nationally-distributed science TV news series and an NBC TV affiliate. Early in his career, Randy worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health.
Randy holds a degree in microbiology from the University of Florida.