Russ “Mr Wizard” Matijevich is Owner and Chief Executive of Matijevich International Consulting LLC where he supports commercial and government customers across the aerospace – defense industry. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with 30 years of space, satellite, and aeronautics experience.
During his military career, he led teams on world-wide deployments integrating space-based solutions into tactical environments; was the Chief Engineer for the Transformational Communications Satellite (TSAT) space segment, and retired as the Deputy Director, Space Policy, within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Since his retirement from active duty in 2011, Russ has served in key executive positions with SAIC, Northrop Grumman, and most recently as Vice President, Strategic Development, at HawkEye 360 where he developed and executed the company’s policy, regulatory, government affairs, and long-lead business development efforts with commercial, U.S. government, and international partners.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from Mississippi State University and a Master of Science degree in astronautical engineering from West Coast University. An accomplished competitive sailboat racer, he also enjoys songwriting and playing his guitar in church.