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Joe Sifer is a Booz Allen Hamilton executive vice president with over 30 years of experience in engineering, technology, and consulting services and solutions that meet the mission and business needs of the U.S. Government and global commercial clients. He is currently the inaugural visiting corporate fellow at Give an Hour and the firm’s incoming leader of its U.S. defense and military intelligence and operations business.
In his current role at Give an Hour, Joe is continuing his activism for mental health awareness and emotional fitness in the corporate world.
In his past prior role, Joe turned around and transformed Booz Allen’s engineering and science business, positioning it as one of the firm’s growth platforms. Before that, as a senior vice president, he led the firm’s U.S. Army business, right-sizing its cost structure and mounting a strategy that expanded Booz Allen’s market share during a period of rapid addressable market contraction due to precipitous declines in the Army’s budget. He previously led the firm’s Army business portfolios in C4ISR, technology, and operations.
Prior to his Army roles, Joe was a vice president based in London, where he led the firm’s telecommunications technology business in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and shared in its leadership across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Before his time in London, Joe played a key leadership role in establishing and expanding Booz Allen’s U.S. Government wireless systems business, work that resulted in his earning a promotion to vice president.
Joe joined the firm as an associate in 1996. Before joining, he worked as a senior technologist at A.T. Kearney (subsequently EDS), a project engineer at The Aerospace Corporation, a research engineer in support of the NASA-Ames Research Center, and an engineering intern for IET.
Joe has extensive experience in engineering, technology, and consulting for projects in telecommunications, C4ISR, and networking; IT infrastructure, computing, and operations; wireless and advanced RF systems; communications and remote sensing satellites; sensors and sensor platforms; avionics for aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, launch vehicles, and spacecraft; attitude determination and control systems for ground, air, and space systems; and advanced concepts such as hybrid networks, specialized gateways, and interoperability. He also is an expert in public policy, particularly at the intersection of policy, technology, and technical enterprises, and has leveraged that expertise in numerous strategic consulting assignments throughout his career.
Joe has an M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. with highest honors from the University of Notre Dame, both in electrical engineering. He was awarded scholarships and assistantships from both institutions. He also attended The George Washington University on a full fellowship, where he received an M.A. in science, technology, and public policy. Joe is a member of the Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Pi Alpha Alpha honor societies and has received several citations and awards during his academic and professional careers. That includes the 2010 Career Achievement Award as Outstanding Networking Professional from the Network Professionals Association and the 2016 DMAX Foundation Award for Corporate Leadership in Mental Health Awareness.
Joe currently holds external positions related to his experience and passions. He is chairman of the board for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), member of the board for Project M.E.O.W, an animal advocacy group, and an active member of giving societies at the University of Notre Dame and of industry advisory councils for Notre Dame’s College of Engineering and its electrical engineering and computer science departments