Dr. Israel Soibelman is the chief strategy officer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. His responsibilities include assisting in the development of Laboratory-level strategic planning, and leading and helping grow external strategic relationships.
Prior to his current appointment, Soibelman served as the head of the Homeland Protection and Air Traffic Control Division at the Laboratory, directing programs in homeland air defense, chemical and biological defense, homeland security, and air traffic control.
Soibelman joined the Laboratory in 1989, and his early research focused on infrared data analysis, phenomenology, and algorithms for missile defense systems. In 1992, he joined the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) Phase One Engineering Team (POET) Office in Washington, D.C. As a member of POET, he participated in system studies supporting the BMDO leadership. These efforts included a boost-phase intercept systems study and kill assessment technology study. In 1994, he took an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment in the Department of Energy's (DOE) Technology Transfer Office. In this assignment, he helped develop cooperative research and development agreements with industry to transfer technology developed at DOE labs.
Upon returning to Lincoln Laboratory in 1995, Soibelman assumed project leadership on air and missile defense programs focusing on seeker and interceptor technology. In 1998, the Seeker and Interceptor Technology Group was established at Lincoln Laboratory, and Soibelman became leader of this group in 2002. In 2009, he was appointed associate head of the Homeland Protection and Tactical Systems Division, leading the Laboratory's efforts in making significant technical contributions to homeland protection.
Soibelman holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a PhD degree in applied mathematics from the California Institute of Technology.