Speaker: Dr. Rocco Martino
Date and time: Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 5 – 6 PM
Location: Mechanical Engineering Bldg, 5 King’s College Road, Room MC 102
Affiliation: Founder, Chairman and CEO of U.S. Robots Inc.
Dr. Rocco L. Martino is the inventor of the CyberFone – the world’s first smart phone – and the driving force behind the software systems permitting secure real-time video, voice and data linkages. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in Honors Mathematics and Finance from University College at the University of Toronto, and went on to earn a master’s degree in Physics and a doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from the Institute of Aerospace Studies. His discovery of the heating factors during the re-entry of space vehicles led to the development of heat shields that made space travel possible today. He is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of U.S. Robots, Inc. and was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of XRT, Inc., a global leader in providing complete treasury, cash and banking relationship management solutions for many of the world’s largest corporations and government entities.
Prior to founding XRT, Inc., Dr. Martino directed the Aerospace Division of Adalia, Ltd, a firm headed by Sir Robert Watson Watt, the inventor of Radar; directed all activities in Canada for UNIVAC, and worked with Admiral Grace Hopper on automatic programming systems; formed a partnership to create Mauchly Associates with John Mauchly, the co-inventor of computers, and spearheaded the Critical Path Method created by this company; served as CIO of the Olin Mathieson Corporation; and finally headed the Special Projects Group of Booz Allen and Hamilton before launching XRT.
Dr. Martino is also the author of five novels, twenty-six nonfiction books, as well as scores of papers and numerous corporate monographs on computers, communications, networks and planning.
He served as Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Systems Engineering Department of the University of Waterloo and as Professor of Mathematics at New York University.
Dr. Martino served on the boards of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, the World Affairs Council, the Foreign Policy Research Institute (of which he is currently a Senior Fellow), the Gregorian University Foundation, the Vatican Observatory Foundation, the Order of Malta, and numerous other boards. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Toronto’s Institute of Aerospace Studies.
Dr. Martino has shared his good fortune with philanthropic works for handicapped children, merit scholarships at all levels in education, grants for cancer research, and building projects in higher education. An avid sailor, he captained his sloop “The Lady Barbara” in races in the mid-Atlantic. He served as Commodore and Board Chair of the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City, and Commodore and Secretary of the Mid- Atlantic Yacht Racing Association. He currently serves as President of the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City Sailing Foundation. He is a member of the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City, the Union league of Philadelphia, and the Overbrook Golf Club.
He has been honored by the Monte Jade Society, the National Italian American Foundation of Washington, and the CYO Hall of Fame in Philadelphia among others. He holds honorary doctorates from Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA), Neumann University (Aston, PA) and Chestnut Hill College (Philadelphia, PA), and was knighted by Pope St. John Paul II as a Knight of Saint Gregory. Most recently he was elected to the Hall of Distinction of the University of Toronto.
Dr. Martino’s lifelong accomplishments have earned him a global reputation as a scientist, inventor, financial expert, technology guru, philanthropist and author.
Note: Dr. Martino’s talk is part of the IRM Distinguished Speaker Seminars. For more information, please click here.