Cornell Alumni Magazine Profiles MITRE CEO Jason Providakes
In the most recent issue of Cornell Engineering Magazine, MITRE CEO Jason Providakes explains what happened on his way to a life in academia:
After earning his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell Engineering in 1985, Providakes took a position at Cornell, teaching and conducting research in the area of radar backscatter to study the Earth’s ionosphere. It was the 1980s and the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union was very much alive.
“I was going to be a faculty member,” says Providakes, “but then I took a detour to MITRE.”
The story details how Providakes' detour turned into a fulfilling career—and why maintaining connections with Cornell make sense on many levels.