David W. Machuga, PhD, Is Named Senior Fellow

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to announce that David W. Machuga, PhD,  has been named a Senior Fellow.  Dr. Machuga is President and CEO of ELTA North America, a leading defense electronics company.

Regarding Dr. Machuga's selection as a Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Chairman and CEO Michael Swetnam said, "Dave is a world class engineer and one of the top innovators in the country.  It is an honor to have him on our team."

Dr. Machuga said, "I really appreciate the opportunity to work with the Potomac Institute. It's really an honor to be among the distinguished group of individuals who make up the list of the Institute's Fellows and Senior Fellows."


Dr. Machuga brings significant experience in technology development, electromagnetic sensors and integrated solutions.  His background in program execution in Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), Early Warning and Control, Homeland Security (HLS), Self-Protection and Self-Defense, Fire Control, and Space mission segments is based on 14 years of engineering, program management, and large program recovery efforts.

Prior to assuming his current responsibilities for ELTA North America, Dr. Machuga served in executive positions at Northrop Grumman Corporation, where he had increasing management responsibilities.  Most recently, he led the strategy and technology for the Biometric and RFID lines of business.  Previously, he was responsible for the advanced technology business unit for Homeland Defense/Security as well as Distributed Engineering / and EW Program Operations where he managed over 700 employees at seven sites around the US.

Dr. Machuga earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering (EE), MSEE, and BSEE degrees from the Pennsylvania State University, and also serves as an adjunct professor for his alma mater. He is married with two children, enjoys golf, sailing, and home improvement, and is a long-time resident of Howard County, Maryland.

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