Robert Katz, a global cyber-innovator, business-builder, and rocket-scientist, pioneered many game-changing systems commonplace today. These include the world’s first systems for the Internet of Things (IoT), GPS tracking, wireless messaging, Internet email, and drone-based WMD detection.
Later, he led numerous cyber, national, and homeland security C4ISR initiatives, including for MIT, NRL, NASA, JHU/APL, CIA, NGA, FBI, DEA, DHS, NIST, NOAA, plus the Departments of State, Transportation, Justice, and Treasury. For these, he headed teams for major integrators, such as Booz Allen, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin.
His early cyber work pre-dates even the term “cyber,” including trailblazing contributions to Star Wars missile defense to ensuring network security, information assurance, jamming protection, and anti-spoofing for satellite sensors and missile interceptors. Additional cyber-space engagements involved securing the Hubble Space Telescope, Trident, Patriot, Iron Dome, and multiple platforms for NASA, NOAA, Intelsat, and Inmarsat.
As an international thought leader on innovation, cyber, smart cities, and autonomous systems, Robert delivers strategic guidance to both established multinationals and emerging start-ups alike. He enjoys galvanizing all parties for critical infrastructure protection, and the corresponding emergency response.
After securing undergraduate Physics, Mathematic, and Computer Science degrees, he continued with Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering graduate research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. There he merged artificial intelligence, neural networks, and robotics to design what become the first autonomous vehicle, the Mars Rover.
After hours, Robert continues protecting his community as a firefighter-paramedic responder and instructor, as a dive and swiftwater rescuer, and as an emergency medicine professor.
His forthcoming Innovation Nation™ book series invokes neuroscience to infuse his unique SOLUTIONEERing™ suite methodologies and to spur People-Powered-Innovation™. Robert’s international non-profit think tank, the Innovation Intelligence Institute, remains at the forefront of forging public-private-pupil-platform partnerships – all to increase the security of the local, national, and international communities that he proudly serves.