Michael Wertheimer

Affiliate Professor
2202C Van Munching Hall
(301) 405-3988
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (Mathematics)

Michael A. Wertheimer is a Professor of the Practice in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.

Wertheimer has been at the forefront of national security issues for over three decades, including his most recent role as the Research Director of the National Security Agency.

As an accomplished technologist, Wertheimer contributed to breakthroughs in mathematics, engineering, and computer science. As a Senior Executive with strengths in motivating and leading a highly technical workforce, he crafted and managed strategic, high-risk investments that defined the state-of-the-art in intelligence collection and analysis. As Director of Research, he led over 500 civilian scientists in the advancement of cryptology, cybersecurity, trusted systems, big-data collection and processing, intelligence analysis, and high-performance computing.

Wertheimer was an inaugural member of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. From September 2005–June 2009, he served as an Assistant Deputy Director for Analysis and oversaw Intelligence Community efforts to bring increased depth and accuracy to analysis. He launched A-Space, a Time Magazine Best Invention of 2008 dubbed the “Facebook for Spies,” and the Library of National Intelligence.

Wertheimer has been awarded both the Director of National Intelligence Reform Medal and the Director of National Intelligence Achievement Medal.

Prior to joining the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Wertheimer established and led a Research and Development team for a rapidly growing small tech company.

Wertheimer spent 26 years at the National Security Agency in a career arc that took him from cryptologist to senior technical leader to senior executive leader. He was involved in every major global issue from 1982 to the present, including the events of 9/11 and the subsequent War on Terror.

He is the recipient of many awards for his public service, to include a Presidential Rank Award, the Exceptional Civilian Service Award, and the Director’s Distinguished Medal.

Wertheimer received his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.


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