N. Peter Whitehead

N. Peter Whitehead

Distinguished Lecturer The MITRE Corporation


N. Peter Whitehead received the B.A. degree in French and the B.S. degree in physics and mathematics from Washington and Lee University, and the M.E. degree in electrical engineering, the M.E. degree in systems engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in systems and information engineering from the University of Virginia.

Prior to joining MITRE in September 2014, he served as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the National Science Foundation, Directorate for Engineering, Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems and at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House. Prior to his Ph.D. work, he was a Program Manager and Systems Engineer Senior Staff at Lockheed Martin Corporation. His other work experience includes: Foreign Service Officer, Director of Research and Development at ViaSystems Corporation, Consultant to the Department of the Army, Military Intelligence (G2), Owner and President of a systems engineering consulting firm, Director of DMSP Mission Sensor Testing at Westinghouse Defense Corporation and Industrial Engineer at ITT. His research interests include AI in foreign policy, the ethics and policy of AI, systems thinking, healthcare systems and energy systems.

Dr. Whitehead is a Senior Member of IEEE and serves as the Vice Chair of the IEEE-USA Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Policy. He is a Member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS), the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and SPIE. He received a Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) Scholars Research Stipend Award for research in green energy systems and is a member of Omega Rho, the Operations Research Academic Honor Society. While in the Foreign Service, he received a Superior Honor Award and three Meritorious Honor Awards. He served as the Editor of International Abstracts in Operations Research (2011-2018), the original journal of IFORS and is Associate Editor of the IEEE Systems Journal.

Peter’s hobbies include cycling, cooking and reading analog books.  His home improvement endeavors are legendary, earning him the coveted Home Depot Orange Apron Award, which he wears when he cooks. Peter lives at ground level among the towering buildings of Northeast Arlington with his partner Susan and their two cats.