• 2018 HENAAC Luminary •
In his role as Technical Program Manager for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ Advanced Development Programs ISR & UAS portfolio, Dr. Anthony F. Matasso has taken on critical leadership responsibilities in program start-up and Day-1 Readiness efforts for the P959 program. The position requires him to manage contracted and internal program operations, technical integration activities, and program transition planning and execution, as well as managing programmatic responsibilities for new business capture.
It is a role for which Dr. Matasso is well-suited. He initially joined Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in 2005 as an electrical engineer in the F-16 Electrical Power Systems team in Fort Worth, Texas. From there he transitioned to the Advanced Development Programs – Improvements & Derivatives organization as the technical lead on various vehicle systems-related research and development activities. He eventually rose to lead the product team’s modeling & simulation initiatives and established the ADVICE Testing Laboratory.
Dr. Matasso continued to expand his responsibilities acting as the Deputy to the Director of Advanced Development Programs I&D, supporting the maturation and execution of product development strategies and technology roadmaps for the F-35, C-130, F-16, F-22, C-5, and P-3 aircraft business lines. His exemplary work led to a selection for the Lockheed Martin Corporate Engineering Technology & Operations Doctoral Leadership Program. Through the program, he completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, his undergraduate alma mater. He also has an M.S. degree in Systems Engineering from Southern Methodist University to his credit.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Matasso was the Program Manager for F-35 Sustainment Systems Integration activity, where he led a large team across multiple businesses to implement a scalable F-35 sustainment solution. His leadership and technical contributions, including a patent for an electric actuation system, have been recognized by Lockheed Martin. He’s earned the Aero Star and NOVA awards – both company-wide accolades – as well as three special recognition awards.
The founder and coach of the First LEGO League at Fort Worth’s Holy Family School, Dr. Matasso mentors a team of 10 children in STEM, and he previously served as a committee chair for SAE international.