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Dr. Michael Whitaker

Senior Vice President
Michael Whitaker is Senior Vice President of Emerging Solutions for ICF. He specializes in advancing organizational approaches to innovation and emerging solution development for both the public and private sectors. His particular focus is on building sustainable cultures of innovation that effectively balance the tensions between execution and innovation in non-product organizations and in developing strategies for making innovation relevant to the everyday jobs of employees. As part of this work, he has been leading discussions on how to move beyond innovation labs to more complete innovation systems that are better integrated into the performance engine of an organization.  Dr. Whitaker has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Design) from the University of Colorado–Denver and an M.S. and a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.  He was co-founder of Symbiotic Engineering and is also a member of the ACT-IAC Institute for Innovation who regularly publishes thought leadership and speaks on topics related to pragmatically advancing innovation and analytics initiatives.  In 2017, Dr. Whitaker was recognized by his peers as a FCW Rising Star and ACT-IAC Rookie of the Year for his work in advancing organizational innovation. 
Articles by Dr. Michael Whitaker
With Great Innovation Comes Great Responsibility
3 Min. Read
government innovations model
Moving the Needle on Government Innovation via a Centers of Excellence Model
5 Min. Read
Resources by Dr. Michael Whitaker
Reports & Research
Using an Innovation Imperative to Counter Arrogance
Reports & Research
Empowering Veterans and Coal Miners with Modern Innovation Tools
Reports & Research
Four Simple Layers to Frame Government Innovation for the Next Presidential Administration and Beyond