Diverse Career Perspectives at MITRE and the Innovation Ecosystem

Mengjia Luo

Diverse Career Perspectives at MITRE and the Innovation Ecosystem

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Location: School of Engineering & Applied Science,  Thornton Hall, Rodman Room

· Come out and meet MITRE employees and hear what it is like to work at MITRE from both an intern and full-time perspectives.

· Current MITRE Employees will share their experiences working as interns and full-time employees, and a special guest will give advice on navigating a career in the Sciences and Public Health.

Coffee and pastries will be available throughout the event. Feel free to come dressed in casual attire. RSVP Here:


 Leslie Platt, J.D. 

Leslie Platt, JD, is a Senior Advisor on Health and Human Services at the MITRE Corporation. Mr. Platt is a nationally recognized life sciences attorney and executive with experience at senior levels in government and industry on national health policy, biomedical research, development, and commercialization; program funding, financing, and impact investment strategies; public-private partnerships; and many other areas. 

In the Federal government, Mr. Platt was a Charter Member of the federal Senior Executive Service and advised Cabinet officers and top government officials on a range of high priority legal, policy, and management issues. Leslie served as Executive Assistant to the Director and Chief of Operations, Office of the Director, at the National Institutes of Health; Deputy General Counsel-Legal Counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services; Counsel and Staff Director of the White House Agent Orange Working Group; and earlier, as HUD Associate General Counsel for Legislation. 

In the private sector, Mr. Platt has advised Boards of Directors and C-Suites of public and closely held corporations and non-profit organizations, as Counsel at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Principal at Ernst &Young LLP; Chief Operating Office & General Counsel at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR); and Senior Vice President & General Counsel at the ATCC, and in other positions. Mr. Platt has received many awards for distinguished public service and leadership, has authored numerous articles, and has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences in the US and around the world. 

Alex Whittaker 

Alex Whittaker is a Health Analytics and Policy Analyst at the MITRE corporation. He has a Master of Science in Statistics and a Bachelor of Science in Economics both from George Mason University. His work at MITRE involves health policy research on pharmaceutical policy and creating analytics products for the Department of Health and Human Services. 

His previous work includes working for the U.S. Agency for International Development at the Public Health Institute as a junior data scientist and as a contractor for various government agencies. 

Jack Zelman 

Jack Zelman is a fourth year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Virginia. Jack has worked as a technical intern at the MITRE Corporation since June of 2016. In his time at MITRE, Jack has collaborated in the development of national strategies for advancing biomedical innovation through the use of advanced funding, financing, and regulatory tools, and was responsible for writing, preparing, and presenting detailed reports and slide-decks for meetings with both federal government and private sector executives. In addition, he has worked on mathematical models for a patent pending data-metrics dashboard used to analyze and predict the drug development pipeline, and has have organized convenings of high-level officials in the public health arena.