Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
As Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of INTUITIVE, Albert Killen, Ph.D., oversees the development of strategies and business planning for technology and systems required to maintain company operations and competitiveness. Dr. Killen is responsible for establishing the corporate technical vision and leading all aspects of technology development, according to strategic direction and growth objectives. He is charged with establishing INTUITIVE’s technical standards and ensuring adherence to them for product development and company operations. He anticipates and reacts to major technology changes ensuring the maintenance of company leadership in the competitive landscape. Dr. Killen maintains INTUITIVE’s competitiveness through our Internal Research and Development, Intellectual Property, Small Business Innovation Research and Creativity Incentive Programs.
Prior to his corporate career, Dr. Killen dedicated more than 19 years to civil service, retiring as assistant Deputy Director for the Weapons Sciences Directorate at the Army’s Aviation and Missile Command, where he was responsible for implementing and executing the basic and applied research in the physical and engineering sciences for the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal. He was also the Director of the Unmanned Systems Initiative at the Research Center where he had direct responsibility for the investigation, development and evaluation of technologies to be inserted into unmanned platforms for both aerial and ground vehicles.
Dr. Killen received a Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. of Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1983, 1984, and 1994, respectively, and also a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999.