TCCN Recognition Award 2011
Prof. Joseph Mitola
Best known for his groundbreaking research and development of software-defined radio, and trustable cognitive radio systems, Dr. Mitola credits his days at E-Systems with his first introduction and true appreciation for Systems Engineering.
While working as an engineer at Electronic Systems (E-Systems) in the 1970’s, and later as Chief Scientist, Dr. Mitola learned first hand the fundamental and enduring principles of systems engineering through the building of airborne communications systems. Tasked with building the US Presidential airplane, E-Systems now known as Raytheon, was required to build not only the best airplane in the world, but one that was equipped with highly secure, sophisticated communications and electronic systems that would allow the Commander in Chief to direct US military forces from anywhere in the world, while in flight.
Following his career at E-Systems, Dr. Mitola utilized his systems engineering skills at The MITRE Corporation, serving as General Systems Engineer for the US Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office, where he was responsible for the transition of billons of dollars worth of legacy sensors, communications, and information systems to low cost mission effective modernized tactical distributed processing networks. During his fifteen years at MITRE, Dr. Mitola received acclaim as Chief Scientist of the DoD Federally Funded R&D Center where he led program teams to invent novel solutions to critical DoD mission shortfalls in telecommunications and information processing. Between 2002 and 2005, while on loan from MITRE to the US DoD, Dr. Mitola served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to develop trustable cognitive systems.
Dr. Mitola’s extensive industry and government experience has also included technical leadership positions at ITT Corporation’s Electrophysics Laboratory, and at the Harris Corporation, Advanced Decision Systems.
Dr. Mitola received his Doctorate in Teleinformatics from The Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Stockholm, his MSE from The Johns Hopkins University, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.