Richard Byrne

Senior Vice President, Center for Programs and Technology

Richard Byrne is the senior vice president for the Center for Programs and Technology at The MITRE Corporation. In this leadership role, he is responsible for the quality and timely execution of all MITRE’s work programs. He also oversees MITRE’s technical workforce, laboratories, technologies, and research and development investments, including 13 technical centers.

In addition, Byrne’s organization works closely with subject matter experts from across MITRE, industry, and academia to innovate and field scalable, sustainable solutions for the whole of government.

Prior to this appointment, Byrne served as senior vice president for programs and technology in MITRE's Center for Connected Government, now called MITRE Public Sector. He was responsible for the successful execution of MITRE’s work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; the departments of the Treasury, Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services; the Internal Revenue Service; and the U.S. Courts. He also led the corporate technical centers that support systems engineering, health transformation, enterprise strategy and transformation, and information technology. 

Previously, Byrne was senior vice president and general manager of MITRE's Command and Control Center (C2C), an operating center within the National Security Engineering Center (NSEC), a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Department of Defense. He was responsible for the definition and execution of Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and joint defense programs. Concurrent with his C2C responsibilities, Byrne also served as deputy director of the NSEC, focusing on strategic planning and work-program shaping in alignment with the NSEC annual program plan.

With MITRE since 1990, Byrne has held a variety of other positions. He served as a vice president in MITRE's Center for Integrated Intelligence Systems, where he directed MITRE's work on behalf of the U.S. intelligence agencies, military intelligence organizations, and the combatant commands, with a particular emphasis on integration issues.

Earlier in his career, Byrne managed MITRE's Air Force programs. He also served as the technical director for the Air Force Electronic Systems Center and as the executive director of innovation, where he led efforts on warfighter rapid prototypes and deployments.

Before joining MITRE, Byrne was the engineering manager at VTC, a semiconductor startup in Bloomington, Minn. From 1980 to 1985, Byrne was the technical manager of VLSI Design Methods for telecommunication at ITT's Advanced Technology Center in Shelton, Conn. Byrne is a member of the IEEE and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and received the 2013 Association of Old Crows Executive Management Award, the 2010 AFCEA International Benjamin H. Oliver Gold Medal for Engineering, the 2006 AFCEA International Meritorious Award for Engineering, and the 2004 AFCEA International Golden Link Award. He served as the chair of the Semiconductor Research Corporation's Design Sciences Board for two years and was a contributor to the first International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors.

Byrne received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT. He is a 2006 graduate of the Harvard Business School General Management Program, where he was elected class speaker.