Dr. Robert J. Szczerba is the Chief Executive Officer of X Tech Ventures, an innovative company focused on solving some of today’s most challenging problems through the integration of technologies from multiple, diverse domains. One of his current initiatives applies game-changing technologies from the aerospace and defense sectors to improve the healthcare industry. Dr. Szczerba is also a columnist for both Forbes and The Huffington Post, where he writes about the intersection of technology and healthcare.
Previously, Dr. Szczerba was the Corporate Director of Global Healthcare and Life Sciences and a Senior Fellow Emeritus for Lockheed Martin, the nation’s largest defense contractor. He has a proven track record of strategic planning, program management, and new market exploration with a focus on transformational technology, business innovation and global growth.
Lockheed Martin designated Dr. Szczerba a Senior Fellow Emeritus, the highest technical leadership recognition in the corporation, based on an exceptional record of sustained technical achievement with significant business impact. Responsibilities included providing guidance and direction for Lockheed Martin’s technical vision across multiple, diverse business areas. He served as the Chief Engineer or Program Manager on collaborative programs between government, academia, and industry, and has extensive experience assessing, developing, and adapting emerging technologies and accelerating their transition into practice. These efforts involved many diverse technology domains, including Autonomous Systems, Modeling and Simulation, Data Management and Analytics, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Applied Artificial intelligence, and Social Networking.
Dr. Szczerba has more than 100 publications and 30 patents / patents pending in multiple emerging technology domains with both federal and commercial applications. He has received more than 100 formal awards and recognitions for excellence in program performance, project management, innovation and publication. As an active member of multiple professional societies in the academic, aviation, defense, and healthcare domains, he participates on advisory panels, chairs conference sessions and reviews papers for publication. Additionally, he has served on Advisory Boards for Johns Hopkins Medicine (Armstrong Institute), University of Southern California (Schaeffer Center), Cornell University, Binghamton University, UC Davis Medical Center (School of Nursing), Mars Corporation, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Dr. Szczerba attended the University of Notre Dame where he earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Doctorate in Computer Science. While at Notre Dame, he served as a Research Associate, University Instructor, and led post-doctoral research with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. During this time, he founded a successful consulting company providing technical, operational, and venture funding guidance for start-up organizations. Additionally, Dr. Szczerba is personally interested in causes related to special needs children, with a focus on autism spectrum disorders. He currently lives in upstate New York with his wife Ellen and son Andrew.