TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE MEMBER BIO
Mr. Rich Rosenthal
Senior Advisor, The Nicholas Companies
- Rich has over 29 years of experience in technology development, engineering, line management and investment analysis. During that time, he has supported our Intelligence and Defense communities on multiple high priority systesms. He was most recently Chief Technology Officer of TASC, Inc., setting direction for technology investments, overseeing the Tech Fellows Program, initiating the TASC nationwide research network, and leading the corporation on intellectual property matters and technology communities of practice.
- Previously, Rich was manager of the Advanced Concepts department at TASC where he led more than 50 intelligence analysts, scientists and engineers that supported some of TASC’s key customers. During that time, he also supported several high-priority Intelligence, Department of Defense and other U.S.government programs as a program manager, systems engineer and technologist.
- Rich started his career at TRW Space Technology Group working on control and navigation systems for spacecraft, missile and laser systems. He supported a number of DOD, NASA, and classified space systems, and served on the IRAD selection committee in the Space Technology Division. He later served as the Chief System Engineer for the Laser Segment on the Airborne Laser Program.
- Rich spent two and a half years at a buy-side investment firm as a technology analyst supporting multiple private and public investment portfolios. During this time, he consecutively passed all three exams required for the Chartered Financial Analyst certification. He covered a broad array of technology industries, including internet, aerospace, semiconductor, computer hardware/software and biotech. During that time he helped grow the Buffalo Small Cap fund from $20 million to ~$1 billion.
- Rich is a Project Management Institute (PMI)-certified Project Management Professional, a senior member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). He was a finalist for the first NVTC CTO of the year Recognition Award. He currently serves as a member on the AFCEA Technology Committee, and has recently served as a Commissioner on the TechAmerica Foundation Big Data Commission. He earned a bachelor’s degree in aero/astro engineering (avionics option) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a master’s of science electrical engineering degree in signal processing, communication systems and optics from the University of Southern California. He holds three patents in spacecraft and remote sensor design, and has written several papers on applied systems engineering.
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