Dr. Jason Providakes is president and chief executive officer of MITRE. He has served the public good for more than three decades at the company, including in his current role since 2017. Leading MITRE in its mission, Solving Problems for a Safer World™, Dr. Providakes steers cross-cutting work in artificial intelligence, aerospace, telecommunications, homeland security, cyber, transportation, defense and intelligence, health, and government innovation.
Amid increasingly complex and interdependent global challenges, Dr. Providakes directs MITRE in our role as an objective, trusted adviser and convener across government, industry, academia, and with international partners. He guides the company’s stewardship of federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) on behalf of U.S. government sponsors, and our efforts to drive critical innovation, public-private partnerships, and advanced R&D to solve whole-of-nation problems.
Dr. Providakes sets strategy and priority, working at the intersection of vision and experience, to chart MITRE’s path forward. He collaborates with the Board of Trustees to define how the company will evolve to tackle complex systems problems that extend beyond any one organization’s reach: critical infrastructure resilience, social and economic challenges, environmental issues, and more.
In addition to growing and diversifying our work for the Department of Defense-sponsored National Security Engineering Center, Dr. Providakes leads MITRE’s rapidly expanding public sector work, including for the departments of Health and Human Services, Transportation, Treasury, Commerce, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security.
To align with increasing R&D investments in the private sector, Dr. Providakes formed the Accelerator and MITRE Engenuity, a trusted tech foundation for public good. The initiative addresses challenges to our nation’s position as a global innovation leader. It includes the Center for Threat-Informed Defense’s contributions in cybersecurity, the creation of the Semiconductor Alliance, and partnerships across the Open Generation 5G Consortium.
Dr. Providakes created MITRE Labs—a compilation of 4,000+ scientists, engineers, and analysts across a range of Innovation Centers—to inspire and accelerate breakthroughs to transform the future of U.S. scientific and economic leadership. He oversaw formation of the Center for Data-Driven Policy that now serves as a resource enabling government, think tanks, and other organizations to objectively evaluate and model the impact of potential policy decisions. He also led the launch of the Center for Strategic Competition and guides its support to evidence-based decision-making and strategic planning for U.S. competitive advantage and national resilience.
The 2022 Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards Executive of the Year, Dr. Providakes is also a three-time Wash100 awardee and a WashingtonExec Chief Officer finalist.
He holds a doctorate from Cornell University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.