Dr. Gerald Suarez is Professor of the Practice in Systems Thinking and Design, and Lockheed Martin Visiting Technical Fellow at University of Maryland. Prior to joining the Robert H. Smith School of Business, Gerald served for 11 years at the White House during the Clinton and Bush administrations. He was appointed Director of Presidential Quality -- the first such post in the institution’s history. He traveled aboard Air Force One and Presidential helicopters in numerous missions worldwide. Prior to his White House assignments, he worked for the Office of the Under Secretary of the Navy. Gerald holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico. He is an avid Tennis player, Basketball Coach and loves Kayaking, Yoga and Running. He lives in Virginia with his wife and three children.