Who We Are:
Innovation for Public Good
We are a tech foundation for public good
Born of the reality that R&D investments are shifting dramatically to the private sector, MITRE Engenuity was formed in 2019 as a part of MITRE Corporation. It is our fundamental belief that without guidance, nurturing, and radical collaboration, these critical industry investments might be lost in a sea of ideation without implementation. MITRE Engenuity addresses the realities of the ever-shifting landscape of American Innovation and the impact drivers who guide it, convening experts, organizations, and investors in a non-competitive space to drive generational impact for public good.
Our vision is to begin to work with industries to turn competition into a force for good that will challenge us to work together, to aspire toward greater productivity, greater impact – to find a common goal that is higher than the profits of one company.
A focus on solving issues critical to national security and a healthy economy enables us to bridge the gap between competitors, tackling problems that no one organization can solve alone. Through this radical collaboration we create generational impact for public good.
United by the common belief that through collaborative ideation we can unlock the true capability of American Innovation, we break the mold with our unique workflow just as we break the mold in our groundbreaking industry partnerships.
MITRE Engenuity Leadership
Our team is comprised of experts from the industries and disciplines that drive our modern economy, from microelectronics to 5G to cybersecurity and beyond
Chief Acceleration Officer of MITRE and Managing Director of MITRE Engenuity
As the vice president and chief acceleration officer, Laurie is responsible for establishing the mission and vision of MITRE Engenuity, and for overseeing execution of all MITRE Engenuity initiatives.
Giandomenico has deep experience in technology innovation, and business strategy and delivery. She joined The MITRE Corporation in 1991 as a member of the technical staff. Giandomenico then attended graduate school before joining McKinsey & Company in 2000. She has worked in management consulting and brand and marketing strategy consulting for several large companies and brands including Bristol-Myers Squibb, eBay, Nestle, Schlumberger, Starbucks, Unilever, among others, as well as a number of mid-level technology companies.
Since 2010, she has held executive-level positions in the enterprise software and energy firms, Pegasystems and EnerNOC (now Enel), respectively. She most recently managed her own strategy and marketing consulting firm, Rocket Strategy LLC, supporting customers on corporate strategy and brand development. Giandomenico recently rejoined The MITRE Corporation and serves as Vice President and Chief Acceleration Officer.
Giandomenico holds a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut, a masters degree in anthropology and archeology from Cornell University, where she also earned a Ph.D. in nutritional health and organizational development.
Chief Technologist, Advanced Technologies
As Chief Technologist, Dr. Raj Jammy is responsible for incubating and accelerating technologies in partnership with the private sector, and for developing strategic frameworks that promote technologies for the public good. Passionate about technology as well as building highly motivated teams, he has worked with many leading companies and nurtured many collaborations across the globe. A seasoned semiconductor/electronics industry executive, Dr. Jammy brings 25 years of experience to his role at MITRE Engenuity.
Prior to joining MITRE Engenuity, Dr. Jammy served as Vice President of Materials and Emerging Technologies at SEMATECH, a global semiconductor industry consortium, from 2008 to 2013. There, he worked with companies spanning the semiconductor ecosystem, including Intel, IBM, TSMC, GlobalFoundries, Samsung, CNSE, Qualcomm, UMC, as well as over 45 semiconductor equipment, SW, and materials suppliers. He oversaw the consortium’s efforts in front-end CMOS logic, novel memory technologies, 3D interconnects, and emerging beyond-CMOS technologies. As Chair of SEMATECH Executive Steering Council, he drove decisions on the technical programs, timing and budgets, reporting to the Board of Directors, in coordination with customer company executives. During his tenure, Dr. Jammy interacted extensively with senior leaders and decision makers in the global semiconductor industry value chain.
Since the start of his career at IBM’s Semiconductor Research and Development Center in 1996, Dr. Jammy has fostered many collaborative relationships not just with companies, but with universities and government agencies in the US (DARPA, IARPA, DoE, DoD, DMEA, NIST, etc.) and around the world, including Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, India, France, Germany, UK, and Belgium.
Jammy holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, where he conducted part of his research at DoE’s Argonne National Laboratory. He holds more than 50 US patents, and is the author/co-author of over 225 publications/presentations.
Managing Director of Incubation and New Product Development
As the managing director of incubation and new product development, Ajit Kahaduwe leads the team responsible for discovering MITRE ideas which are scalable for the public good with private industry. His team members evaluate market opportunities based on financial and social return criteria and develop ideas using lean startup methodology.
Kahaduwe has extensive global experience working with cellular and public safety systems from planning, deployment, optimization, standardization with a strong focus on regulatory and public requirements in E-911, Public Warning System, and the pre-cursor recommendations for FirstNet. Additionally, he led software development and innovation incubation teams in big data and analytics, cloud services, network health, drones, and location technologies.
After a global career at Nokia and Motorola in addition to a network equipment startup, Kahaduwe joined MITRE in 2021. Prior to joining, he was a senior product management executive at a global SaaS web collaboration and unified communications as a services provider. He is also a Scrum Alliance certified scrum product owner and hold patents in location and security technology.
Kahaduwe holds a BS in electrical engineering with minors in economics and international affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
General Manager, Center for Threat-Informed Defense
As the General Manager for the Center for Threat-Informed Defense, Jon Baker is responsible for the Center’s strategy and its outcomes as he convenes the global cybersecurity community to advance the state of the art and the practice in threat-informed defense. Jon co-founded the Center as a privately funded research and development organization where he partners with sophisticated cybersecurity teams to systematically advance the global understanding of adversary tradecraft and apply that knowledge to improve the community’s ability to defend against those threats.
Jon has extensive experience leading research teams and collaborating with industry to advance cybersecurity capabilities. Most recently, he led MITRE’s Cyber Threat Intelligence and Adversary Emulation Department where he was responsible for advancing those critical capabilities across MITRE’s work program and overseeing MITRE’s work on CALDERA and MITRE ATT&CK®. Jon led MITRE’s team in the early development of the OASIS STIX and TAXII standards while supporting the Department of Homeland Security. Jon led MITRE’s security automation team through the development of SCAP and managed the CVE team. He was a cocreator of OVAL, a standard language for describing and checking for the presence of misconfigurations, vulnerabilities, and other endpoint artifacts.
Jon holds a Master’s in Computer Science from Boston University and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Tufts University.
General Manager, Adversarial Tactics, Techniques, and Common Knowledge (ATT&CK) EvaluationsRead Ashwin's Bio
General Manager, Adversarial Tactics, Techniques, and Common Knowledge (ATT&CK) Evaluations
As General Manager, Ashwin runs ATT&CK Evaluations, equipping the information security community with objective data evaluating the technology and people associated with building a holistic, threat informed defense. He is continually working to expand the scope of Evaluations, branching out to all aspects of the threat informed security process, with a focus on delivering valuable data for end-users to make the most informed decision possible when selecting tools and capabilities to protect their environment.
Ashwin has been in the information security space since 2017, serving as the Lead Product Manager for multiple products/platforms, spanning from Threat Intelligence Platforms to Detection and Response products. Throughout this experience, Ashwin focused heavily on building towards the ATT&CK Framework and improving threat informed defense capabilities within his products. Additionally, he worked in enterprise sales, resulting in interfacing with 1000s of CTI analysts, SOC analysts, Directors, and CISOs in a variety of different sectors and geographical regions.
Prior to his information security experience, Ashwin worked in investment banking and venture capital, informing his focus on running organizations and analyzing the industry at large.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a Minor in Marketing from University of California, Riverside, and a Master of Business Administration in International Business from St. Mary’s University, Twickenham in London, with additional coursework taken at Oxford.
General Manager, MITRE ATT&CK Defender (MAD)
As the general manager of MITRE ATT&CK Defender™, Chriss Knisley leads the team responsible for MITRE Engenuity’s new training and certification offering built to change the game in threat-informed defense. MAD provides cybersecurity defenders with free video-based training on the effective use of ATT&CK and certifies their mastery through an innovative subscription-based certification program. We’re helping to fill the cybersecurity skills gap with threat-informed defenders, and certifying elite defenders in their knowledge of using ATT&CK in their daily jobs.
Chriss Knisley has more than 20 years of software industry experience in development, product management, sales and marketing. Prior to joining the MITRE Engenuity Team, Chriss served as the President and Chief Product Officer (CPO) of Haystax Technology where he led the software development, product management and marketing of Haystax’s industry-leading security analytics platform, Constellation Analytics Platform. Constellation is a robust, multi-tenant, multi-model AI and workflow platform that can be deployed on premises or in the cloud to combine multiple disparate data sets to understand insider threat risk.
He joined Haystax from IBM, where he held several product, business development, and sales leadership positions within IBM’s Smarter Cities (now Safer Planet) division working on intelligence analysis, counter-fraud, and policing programs. He joined IBM through the acquisition of i2 where he led the product teams for both the COPLINK policing products and the i2 Analysis products including the pioneering visual link analysis product, i2 Analyst’s Notebook.
Knisley holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Syracuse University, where, as a student and employee, he led efforts to create some of the first interactive, multimedia and data-driven Web sites and Web-based applications in the world.