Mr. ElSawy has been the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Noblis since October 2007. In the same year, he was elected to the Noblis Board of Trustees. As Noblis’ president and CEO, Mr. ElSawy is responsible for the general management and strategic direction of the company’s technical, financial, and administrative activities. Mr. ElSawy is a board member for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and also serves on the board of the Washington Airports Task Force.
Mr. ElSawy has extensive experience leading organizations and developing innovative solutions to some of the most complex challenges in the public sector including national security, transportation, healthcare, sustainability, networking and telecommunications.
Under his leadership, Noblis has been named one of the “50 Best Small and Mid-size Companies to Work for in America,” multiple times and has been consistently named one of the “World’s Most Ethical” companies by the Ethisphere Institute.
Prior to joining Noblis, Mr. ElSawy was a senior vice president and general manager of the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development of The MITRE Corporation. Mr. ElSawy served for seven years as the director of the Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). His work experience includes research and development, complex systems engineering, modeling and simulation, and informing domestic and international aviation policy. Mr. ElSawy established and ran public-private partnerships. He has earned an international reputation as a leader in aviation.
In 2005, Mr. ElSawy was elected Vice President of Standards and a member of the board of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He served as chairman of the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) from 2004 to 2006, and was a member of the FAA Research and Development Committee (REDAC).
Prior to 1997, Mr. ElSawy served in various senior management positions and was responsible for strategy development, cross-functional integration, systems engineering, and architecture evolution of programs. He also served as a member of executive panels responsible for oversight of the implementation of large distributed information systems and networks for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Advanced Weather Information Processing System of the National Weather Service (NWS).
Mr. ElSawy holds a master’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from The George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from West Virginia University.
In 2009, Mr. ElSawy was named EcoCEO by SmartCEO magazine. He was named to The Washingtonian Magazine’s list of Tech Titans in 2011 and 2013.
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