Year Inducted / Awarded: 2014
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
Robert Eckel is Chief Executive Officer of MorphoTrust USA, a Safran company with over 1,500 employees and more than $400 million in annual revenue. He was appointed CEO following Safran’s acquisition of L-1 Identity Solutions in 2011. Under his leadership, MorphoTrust has become a leading provider of identity solutions and services to government agencies in the areas of biometrics and secure credentialing. Programs include: U.S. driver’s licenses and passports, the TSA PreCheck program, border management, and applicant vetting services through document authentication, data verification and biometrics (iris, fingerprints and face). He previously was President of the identity business of Digimarc (acquired by L-1) and, earlier in his career, he served in a variety of increasingly responsible positions over a 15-year period at Raytheon Company culminating in his appointment as Vice President and General Manager. He holds five patents in electronic and optical systems and earned his M.S. degree at UCLA.