President, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Khaled Amro founded AET Systems, Inc. (AET) in 2009. Mr. Amro has been recognized as both a leader and a team player by the organizations and industries that he served. Mr. Amro led several startup companies as CEO, COO, Executive Vice President, Sr. Vice President, and Director of privately held firms. As a results-oriented business leader, Mr. Amro has spent much of his career turning around firms with operationally troubled projects in to success stories and profitable revenue growth. A strategic business leadership in a variety of industries, Mr. Amro specializes in information technology with strong emphasis on systems integration, IT solutions, strategic partnership and professional services. Mr. Amro led projects at Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, U.S. Department of Transportation – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (DOT – FMCSA), U.S. Department of Commerce – Census Bureau (USCB), U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Department of the Air Force, and U.S. Department of the Army.
Mr. Amro has been recognized as both a leader and a team player by the organizations and industries that he served. Mr. Amro is ITIL v3 and PMP certified, with two MS degrees in Information Systems and Management (2007) and two BS degrees in Computer Sciences and Mathematics (1993). He has also attended executive programs at the University of Maryland University College and others, with SOA, PMI PMP and ITIL certifications on hand.
Dr. Thomas Cellucci
Dr. Thomas A. Cellucci has a long and distinguished career in business. Prior to joining the private sector, Dr. Cellucci served as the US Federal Government’s first ever Chief Commercialization Officer at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in both Administrations of President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.
Dr. Thomas CellucciDr. Cellucci expanded the role of public-private partnerships within government and increased opportunities for cooperative research and development activities in support across government. As Chief Commercialization Officer, Tom was responsible for initiatives that identify, evaluate and commercialize technology for the specific goal of rapidly developing and deploying products and services that meet the specific operational requirements of DHS’s operating components, first responders and critical infrastructure/key resources owners and operators. Dr. Cellucci’s outreach with both the private and public sectors to establish and foster mutually-beneficial working relationships that facilitated cost-effective and efficient product, service and technology development efforts was viewed as goal for all federal agencies.
Dr. Cellucci developed and implemented a commercialization process while at DHS and established both the SECURE and FutureTECH programs– innovative public-private partnerships to leverage both public and private sector research and development to cost-effectively and efficiently develop technologies, products and services for DHS stakeholders. Dr. Cellucci instilled a “commercialization mindset” within the government that focused on requirements development, forming partnerships and increasing the speed-of-execution to address high priority technology challenges. Dr. Cellucci’s partnerships with the private sector leveraged well in excess of $350 million in independent research & development investments directly related to homeland security needs.
Dr. Cellucci is an accomplished entrepreneur, seasoned senior executive and Board member possessing extensive corporate and VC experience across a number of worldwide industries. Profitably growing high technology firms at the start-up, mid-range and large corporate level has been his trademark. Tom has authored or co-authored more than 20 books and over 162 articles on requirements development, commercialization, nanotechnology, laser physics, photonics, environmental disturbance control, MEMS test and measurement, and mistake-proofing processes. Dr. Cellucci co-authored ANSI Standard Z136.5 “The Safe Use of Lasers in Educational Institutions”. He has also held the rank of Professor or Lecturer at institutions like Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania and Camden Community College.
Dr. Cellucci was an early pioneer in advancing the field of nanotechnology in American science, engineering and manufacturing. Dr. Cellucci was instrumental in progressing America’s nanotechnology agenda through his bi-partisan work with Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and many leaders in the United States Senate. Dr. Cellucci’s contributions made possible the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) signed by President George W. Bush in 2004 that added over $3.9 billion to the federal budget specific to the advancement of nanotechnology. He is often asked to serve as keynote speaker at both business and technical events around the world.
Dr. Cellucci has been involved in a number of philanthropic and volunteer pursuits as well. Dr. Cellucci served as a Fellow with the Smithsonian Institution’s James Smithson society for five years where he was the primary fund raiser for the Smithsonian with a special emphasis on the National Portrait Gallery’s American Presidents Collection. Dr. Cellucci was involved in securing funds for portraits of two Presidents and First Ladies – President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. He has served as a local volunteer firefighter for over 30 years. Dr. Cellucci serves as the Commander of the 3-D (“Detect, Deter and Defend”) Security Command Squadron in the State of Texas with the purpose of educating, preparing and organizing civilians across the state to assist in disaster response efforts.
Dr. Cellucci promulgated many of the commercialization programs he begun at DHS and identified ways to expand similar efforts across the entire Federal Government to spur innovation while promoting public-private partnerships across government. In addition, Dr. Cellucci represented the Department of Homeland Security on the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Interagency Working Group on Advanced Manufacturing, aimed at re-establishing American supremacy in this field.
Dr. Cellucci earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania (1984), an MBA from Rutgers University (1991) and a BS in Chemistry from Fordham University (1980). He has also attended and lectured at executive programs at the Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School, Kellogg School and others. Tom and his wife Julie reside in Loudoun County, Virginia and are proud of their children — Laura, Emily, Katie, Brad and Drew.
Rami Aboushakra is Senior Director in AET’s Civil Sector. Rami has more than 17 years of experience in strategic planning as well as leadership through managing large-scale software development programs and technology implementations. His expertise in managing complex solutions along with his drive towards delivering business value for his clients has earned him recognition from working with clients such as Defense Information Systems Agency, Department of Transportation, Department of Commerce, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Treasury, United States Postal Services, US Navy, US Army, US Coast Guard and the Defense Logistics Agency. He is highly adept at leveraging client-facing technologies, such as BI frameworks and mobile solutions, to bring business value to clients, and matching client requirements to technical specifications. He has instrumented and worked with CMMI, ISO, and PMI processes and headed corporate transitioning from waterfall methodologies to Agile.
Before joining AET, Rami Aboushakra was IT Director at CODEplus, a Washington DC metro area based software company delivering systems integration and solutions for Government, postal, and logistics.
Rami Aboushakra holds a Master of Business Administration as well as Management Information Systems from Marymount University and a Bachelor of Science from Computer Information Systems from Marymount University.