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The MITRE Corporation

Member Since 2016

Jason Providakes, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Jason Providakes is the president and chief executive officer of The MITRE Corporation. He leads the organization in its mission to serve the public interest as a systems engineering and applied sciences company bringing communities together to solve large-scale and complex problems of national importance. MITRE is known for its stewardship of federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) on behalf of U.S. government sponsors.

Since joining MITRE in 1991, Dr. Providakes has held leadership positions on major programs to modernize federal infrastructure and create mission capabilities for national security, public health, the country's veterans, and civil agencies. Prior to becoming president and CEO, he served as senior vice president and general manager of MITRE's Center for Connected Government (CCG). The FFRDCs within CCG (now known as the MITRE Public Sector) include the Center for Enterprise Modernization, the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute (HSSEDI™), the Judiciary Engineering and Modernization Center, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Alliance to Modernize Healthcare (CAMH). He has also served as the director of HSSEDI and CAMH.

Dr. Providakes began his career in the National Security Engineering Center, the FFRDC sponsored by the Department of Defense. He supported the DoD chief information officer to ensure programs involving strategic and theater systems benefited from a systems engineering approach. He has also served as chief engineer for MITRE's Washington Command, Control, and Communications Center and as executive director for MITRE's Army Systems & Technology Division, where he was central to the Army's "digitize the battlefield" transformation.

Dr. Providakes' career is rooted in scientific research in support of national security, and he has served as a member of the Army Science Board and participated in several studies of the National Academy of Sciences.

An optical and remote sensing technical expert, Dr. Providakes has taught, performed research, and published extensively on radar backscatter of the Earth's ionosphere. He holds his doctorate from Cornell University, as well as master's and bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Task Force Member(s): Jay J. Schnitzer, MD, PhD, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

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  • Development and acquisition
  • Systems engineering and integration

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