Mr. Alfred Grasso is president and CEO of The MITRE Corporation. He is responsible for developing and leading the corporation’s overall strategic and business operations for its federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs). He also serves on MITRE’s Board of Trustees.
Mr. Grasso has held several leadership and management positions within MITRE since joining the company in 1986, culminating with his appointment as president and CEO in 2006. He previously was executive vice president and director of the Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence FFRDC, now known as the National Security Engineering Center (NSEC). From April 2012 until May 2013, he served as both director of NSEC and MITRE’s CEO.
He held positions as senior vice president and general manager of MITRE’s Washington Command, Control, and Communications Center and served as its vice president and chief information officer. Earlier, he was technical director for the Battlefield Systems Division at MITRE’s Fort Monmouth, N.J., site.
Under Mr. Grasso’s leadership, MITRE has received several prestigious awards for its commitment to public service and technical excellence, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service (2008), the Air Force Association’s Theodore von Karman Award (2008), and the National Aeronautic Association’s Collier Trophy (2007). The company has also been recognized for its innovative culture, its workplace environment, and its knowledge management capabilities. Fast Company named MITRE one of the “World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” (2010); Computerworld named MITRE to its “100 Best Places to Work in IT” (2005–2012); Aviation Week named MITRE a “Best Place to Work” for aerospace and defense professionals (2009); and MITRE was on FORTUNE’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” for a decade (2002–2011). MITRE received the North American Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) award in 2009 and 2011.
Mr. Grasso is an appointed member of the Defense Science Board and a special adviser to the STRATCOM Strategic Advisory Group. He is a member of the Stevens Institute Systems Engineering Research Center Advisory Board and a board member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the country’s largest technology council. Mr. Grasso also sits on the University of Virginia’s Department of Systems and Information Engineering Advisory Board and Howard University’s College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Sciences Board of Visitors. In addition, he served as chairman of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International’s Board of Directors from 2012 to 2014 and was vice chair from 2010 to 2012. He previously served for seven years on the Army Science Board.
Federal Computer Week presented Mr. Grasso with its prestigious Eagle Award in 2012. Eagle Award recipients are chosen from among the winners of the Federal 100 Award, which recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on federal information technology. Mr. Grasso was cited for his work leading studies on acquisition management and resilient system architectures and for his leadership roles on advisory boards.
A first generation Italian-American, Mr. Grasso has worked to advance educational opportunities for young people, particularly in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. He is former president of the Board of the National GEM Consortium, a nonprofit that promotes the participation of under-represented groups in the STEM fields. In 2013, STEMconnector® named him to its 100 CEO Leaders in STEM list. In 2012, the Lido Civic Club of Washington, D.C., an Italian-American civic organization, named Mr. Grasso its Man of the Year. The award recognizes his long-standing commitment to advancing educational opportunities for young people. The Sons of Italy Foundation honored him with its 2015 Humanitarian Award.
Before joining MITRE, Mr. Grasso was with ARINC Research Corporation and with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master’s degree in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.