David Martinez

David Martinez

Associate Head, Cyber Security and Information Sciences Division, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

David R. Martinez is associate head in the Cyber Security and Information Sciences Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. In this capacity, he is focusing on the strategic and innovative directions of the division in the areas of artificial intelligence for cyber security, cyber resilient systems, big data analytics, and secure cloud computing. He is also a member of MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s Steering Committee and recently served as the Laboratory’s CIO.

Mr. Martinez, who joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 1988, has served in various management positions. During 1993–1999, he held leadership roles in the Embedded Digital Systems Group. He served as associate head (1999–2004) and head (2004–2010) of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Technology Division. As head of the ISR Systems and Technology Division, he had direct line management responsibility for the division’s programs in the development of advanced techniques and prototypes. Mr. Martinez was responsible for more than $140M in total R&D budget and total personnel of 330+ people.

Prior to joining Lincoln Laboratory, he was employed as a principal research engineer at ARCO Oil and Gas Company, specializing in adaptive seismic signal processing. He received the ARCO special achievement award for his work on the 1986 Cuyama Project, which provided a superior, cost-effective approach to three-dimensional seismic surveys. He holds three U.S. patents based on his work in signal processing for seismic applications. He served as the president and chairman of the Board of Directors at Mercury Federal Systems during 2010–2011. In that role, he was responsible for the company’s operations and strategic directions. He returned to the Laboratory as a principal researcher in the Communication Systems and Cyber Security Division before accepting the appointment to the newly formed Cyber Security and Information Sciences Division.

From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Martinez served on the Army Science Board. In 2007-2008, he served on the Defense Science Board ISR Task Force. He founded the High Performance Embedded Computing Workshop in 1997, which in 2012 became an IEEE conference. He has been the keynote speaker at both national and international conferences. He has served as an associate editor of the IEEE Signal Processing magazine, and co-authored/co-edited the book entitled High Performance Embedded Computing Handbook: A Systems Perspective (CRC, 2008). In 2003, he was elected IEEE Fellow “for technical leadership in the development of high performance embedded computing for real-time defense systems.” Most recently, he founded and chaired the Artificial Intelligence for Cyber Security workshop. He was awarded the Eminent Engineer Award from the College of Engineering at NMSU, and was elected to the NMSU Klipsch Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy. He is a member of the NMSU Dean’s Advisory Council in Engineering, and the Florida International University School of Computing and Information Sciences Advisory Board.

Mr. Martinez was awarded a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University, an MS degree from MIT, and the EE degree jointly from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He completed an MBA from the Southern Methodist University.