•Lifetime Achievement•

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Antonio Ruiz, Ph.D.

Chief Systems Engineer

Leidos Technical Fellow, Defense and Intelligence Group


Education: Ph.D., electrical engineering, Stanford University; M.S., electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Bachelor of Engineering, electrical engineering, City College of New York.


In the 28 years since Dr. Antonio Ruiz completed his Ph.D. at Stanford University, he has applied his commanding knowledge of electrical and systems engineering to a wide variety of important and innovative projects. 


Dr. Ruiz joined IBM Research as a Senior Manager of the data communications department in 1989. He became one of the pioneers in the nascent digital video on demand industry, providing high bandwidth and high performance communications solutions for multimedia distributed applications. Dr. Ruiz created, developed and shipped several data communications, multimedia, and video distribution products. 


As a direct result of his technical innovations, IBM named Dr. Ruiz Director of video and multimedia solutions, the executive leader of a team of worldwide technical, marketing, and sales specialists.  IBM tasked this dream team to architect, design, create, market, and deliver a set of large scale multimedia, video, and Internet broadcasting solutions for the broadcast services industry. 


Dr. Ruiz joined the British electronics firm Racal Data Group as Vice-president and General Manager of Infrastructure Products in 1997, where he led a team of 150 engineers and product managers developing remote access servers, frame relay access devices, and fiber optic networking products. His work overseeing the creation of the industry's first large-scale digital video surveillance system solution over a fiber optic network was instrumental in Racal’s winning a $2.6 billion contract from the London Underground system. 


Then in 2000, Dr. Ruiz joined Megaxess, Inc. as Vice-president and Chief Technology Officer, where he began applying his expertise to military applications in partnership with Boeing.  Through this partnership, helped develop the first proof of concept demonstration of a wireless communications system to deliver digital video, audio, and biometric data from the soldier in the field to a command and control center. 


With the wealth of knowledge and experience garnered in these earlier positions, Dr. Ruiz joined NAID, Inc. as CTO in 2002.  At NAID, he worked with clients in the government and Dept. of Defense on RFPs involving digital video surveillance; situational awareness; biometric verification & identification; wireless solutions; networks of sensors for DoD and homeland security; and system of systems solutions for C4ISR systems. 


Dr. Ruiz joined Science Applications International Corporation, the predecessor of Leidos, his current employer, as Chief Engineer in 2004 and was named Chief Systems Engineer in 2009. Having worked directly with Defense Department clients on multiple mission critical projects like the brigade combat team modernization and the future combat system, Dr. Ruiz is currently responsible for ensuring our nation’s defense capabilities remain unparalleled.  He’s tasked with providing systems engineering support to the U.S. Navy’s crucial Tomahawk Weapons System and ensuring sure that the engineering efforts on the program are successful, on time, and under budget. 


Dr. Ruiz has over 10 patents to his name, and still finds time to mentor fellow engineers at all stages of their development and volunteer to promote STEM careers, especially at universities with a high percentage of Hispanic students, including and especially the University of New Mexico and the University of South Florida. 

-By Vinnie Longobardo