Russell S. Verceles

board-russellMr. Verceles is a leading expert in Naval Weapons Systems Safety Engineering at Lockheed Martin Company, a $45 billion/year industry leader in aerospace and defense, information technology, and space and emerging technologies. He has 18 years of experience in defense systems engineering for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.

Mr. Verceles is a major contributor to their modernization efforts including the AEGIS weapon system fleet at sea. Mr. Verceles ensures the weapons systems are both safe and mission capable against today’s threats around the world.

He spent 12 years in System of Systems engineering ensuring the safety and mission-ready capability of very complex weapons systems for the U.S. Navy. Mr. Verceles successfully executed a rigorous MIL-STD-882 compliant system safety program for the U.S. Navy’s Aegis Baseline 9 programs, including both Cruiser and Destroyer ship platforms. He also led the U.S. Coast Guard’s modernization program for their ships, air assets and shore assets.

Mr. Verceles also led the Lockheed Martin team in periodically receiving successful concurrence from the U.S. Navy Weapon System Explosives Safety Review Board (WSESRB), including reviews with Software System Safety Technical Review Panel (SSSTRP), during development, ship weapon system firing events, and deployment. Mr. Verceles also contributed to safe system development of Navy AEGIS legacy programs, Navy LCS program and foreign military system programs.

Prior to that, he completed Lockheed Martin’s prestigious Engineering Leadership Development Program (ELDP), consisting of an intensive multi-year leadership and technical curriculum, and four rotational assignments in system design engineering, analog electronics design, and digital electronics design, to better understand the complexities of leading a major defense weapons system program.

Mr. Verceles continued his passion in digital design engineering by leading a team in research and development to convert the U.S. Navy’s legacy systems to a modern COTS based system for superior performance.

Mr. Verceles holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Rutgers University and a Master of Science of Engineering in telecommunications and networking engineering from University of Pennsylvania.