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Eugene C. Hudson, CEO

Mr. Eugene C. “Cliff” Hudson is the CEO for Emerging Technology Ventures, Inc. (ETV). He brings to the company more than 32 years of experience from the Department of Defense (DoD) in acquisition management, project management, and technology transition.

Mr. Hudson most recently served with the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific. His assignments included Deputy for Business Operations and Program Development for the Research & Applied Sciences Department. Key focus areas included management of the autonomous and unmanned system technology transition activities of the Robotics Mentor Protégé Program and the development of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements with industry.

Mr. Hudson served on an interagency executive development assignment with the Small Business Administration (SBA) from 2009-2010. He led the development of Regional Innovation Cluster (RIC) strategies for the SBA to facilitate technology-led economic recovery utilizing emerging technologies from the small business sector. During his tenure at the SBA, RIC’s were established in Michigan and Southern Virginia focusing on autonomous and unmanned systems for military and civilian requirements.

Previously, Mr. Hudson was assigned to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) from 2002-2005. He served as the Joint Robotics Program Coordinator with management responsibilities over the DoD Physical Security Equipment Program and the Unexploded Ordnance Center of Excellence. Mr. Hudson managed Research and Development budgets exceeding $100 million annually and initiated key architecture thrusts to support cross-service interoperability of unmanned system programs. Mr. Hudson has also served as the Chief of Program Management for the Joint Project Office for Unmanned Ground Vehicles/Systems.

In addition to his experience in Unmanned Systems development, Mr. Hudson has held a variety of Government Business Management positions within the US Army Aviation and Missile Command Acquisition Center, including Chief of the Quantitative Analysis Division and Chief of the Business Management Directorate at Redstone Arsenal, AL. There he led cross-functional teams addressing acquisition and contract management performance improvement objectives.

Mr. Hudson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Science in Business Administration from East Texas State University. He was selected for membership in Tau Beta Pi Engineering, Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering, and Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics honor societies.