Robert Irving Desourdis

Title: President, Chief Executive Officer, Homeland Security Book Series Editor, and Chairman of the Freedom-for-Italy Executive Committee
Company: Desourdis Collaboration, LLC
Location: Olympia, Washington, United States

Robert Irving Desourdis serves as Principal of Desourdis Collaboration, LLC, Homeland Security Series Editor for NOVA Science Publishers, and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Freedom-for-Italy Initiative. He has been recognized by Marquis’ Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in group collaboration, human-system architecture, and as creator, author, and editor of over 20 books and 30 engineering articles.

In his most recent role, Mr. Desourdis founded and serves as the Executive Committee Chairman for the Freedom for Italy Initiative, which will build both a virtual and physical World War II Memorialization network throughout Italy. It will provide an honorable social networking hub rooted in detailed World War II history for international and Italian businesses and educational institutions. The online experience will allow tourists to Italy to easily plan emotive trips to key WWII sites as well as enjoy the full Italian history and culture experience. The conferences and other international events it conducts will introduce Italian companies to American and international industrial collaborators to promote new business opportunities while memorializing the citizens and soldiers lost in achieving today’s free democratic Italy. Mr. Desourdis created Freedom for Italy from the merging of his history tours and book authorship of the Italian Campaign motivated by the threat to democracies, including the invaluable free market and free press institutions, rising again in the world today.

Through his career to date, Mr. Desourdis has created, coauthored, and otherwise contributed to 31 peer-reviewed articles in radio communications and 18 books, with five other books in development. His early writings involved methods of strategic (post-nuclear-attack) radio communication, but he has since focused on the importance of human collaboration, particularly his NOVA Science Publishers books (where he is their Homeland Security Editor), such as his created and coauthored 2017 work entitled “Human Collaboration in Homeland Security” and his two Covid-19 coauthored works, “The COVID-19 Disaster, Volume I: The Historic Lessons Learned and Benefits of Human Collaboration” and “The COVID-19 Disaster, Volume II: Prevention and Response to Pandemics Using Artificial Intelligence.” These books all demonstrated the same 25 endemic collaboration failures in major national disasters from Pearl Harbor to Space Shuttle, mass shooting, ecological, hurricane-response, and pandemics. This research provides Mr. Desourdis with a checklist for levels of human collaboration within single or multiple organizations. He applies this methodology as the Chairman of the Freedom-for-Italy Executive Committee.

Before his current positions, Mr. Desourdis had over four decades of experience to his credit. After launching Desourdis Collaboration, LLC (DCLLC), he won a DHS Science & Technology small business award exploring the use of digital television for critical broadband communications in 2020. In 2018, he was a solution consultant for Perspecta (now Peraton). Prior to these positions, he served in several capacities with SAIC between 1982 and 2017, completing his SAIC career as a Master Solution Architect and Vice President for Technology, senior systems architect, principal engineer, and communications scientist. Among the many highlights of this career, he recalls his work on a project involving radio communications in the 1980s that a high government organization had planned on using, but his careful analysis and experiment demonstrated it would have been a mistake. During brief sojourns from SAIC, Mr. Desourdis was recruited to engineering roles with CACI and GTE, for his expertise in public safety communications and post-nuclear attack radio, respectively.

Mr. Desourdis began his career at Signatron in Lexington, Massachusetts, from 1980 to 1982, working in advanced radio system design and systems planning. He graduated from MIT’s Technology & Policy Program with an SM degree in 1980, where he had served as a graduate student in MIT’s Center for International Studies and Research Assistant at the MIT Center for Policy Alternatives. He was a graduate Teaching Assistant in Physics with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) from 1977 to 1979 while completing his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, following his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics earned from 1973 to 1977.

Mr. Desourdis attributes his success to his ability to develop consensus-based creative solutions, often rooted in concepts and approaches for improved human collaboration to achieve optimal long-term adaptive solutions. Treating others with respect and appreciation for their ideas and contribution to the team has been a hallmark of his success.

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