Douglas Robbins

Vice President, Engineering and Prototyping, MITRE Labs

Douglas Robbins is vice president, engineering and prototyping, MITRE Labs. He leads MITRE’s Innovation Centers in the research, engineering, and prototyping of new and disruptive solutions in the public interest using world-class technical capabilities, solution platforms, and workforce. MITRE Labs addresses national-scale problems across MITRE’s federally funded research and development centers, the federal science and technology landscape, and beyond. Robbins plays a key role in helping to connect all of MITRE to New England’s business, government, and innovation communities.

Robbins previously was vice president of MITRE’s Air Force portfolio. He worked with Air Force senior leadership to set strategy and priorities that ensure MITRE delivered technical capabilities in support of Air Force mission objectives across command and control, communications, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; cyber defense and resiliency; and nuclear enterprise modernization.

Robbins also served as director of strategic development for MITRE’s Bedford campus and New England operations. In that role, he executed a strategy focused on shifts in the company’s work program, developed needed capabilities and engagement approaches with academia, and established partnerships within the Boston-area innovation ecosystem. 

He has directed the Enterprise Integration Division in MITRE’s Command and Control Center, which focuses on developing enterprise-scale solutions in partnership with the Air Force, joint service warfighters, and coalition forces. Early in his career, Robbins held engineering leadership roles at MITRE locations in Massachusetts and New Jersey, and at ITT in Clifton, N.J.

Robbins earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maine and a master’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1999. He also completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School. Robbins serves on the Board of the Massachusetts High Technology Council and the New England Council.