Dr. Yvonne R. Masakowski 

Dr. Yvonne R. Masakowski has a distinguished career supporting the US Navy spanning 27 years. She has been appointed as a Research Fellow at the US Naval War College.  She also currently supports the NATO Innovation Hub as the Principal Scientist on the Cognitive Warfare and Disruptive Technology research program.  Dr. Masakowski has also been appointed as a Fellow by the Institute of Biodefense, D.C.  She continues to mentor students in their dissertations on AI technologies at Salve Regina University, Newport, RI.  Dr. Masakowski was recently selected by NATO as the NATO Science & Technology Co-Chair of the NATO Human Factors & Medicine Specialist Team  (NATO HFM 356 panel) on “Mitigating and Responding to Cognitive Warfare”.   

Prior to her retirement, she served as a Professor at The US Naval War College in the College of Leadership and Ethics. Following her retirement, she was appointed as a Research Fellow at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) to mentor students on their research dissertations on Artificial Intelligence and emerging technologies. She has taught Executive Development to US Navy Admirals and Navy Attorneys.  She also served as an adviser in the Naval War College’s, Ethics and Emerging Military Technologies (EEMT) graduate certificate program where she mentored military graduate student dissertations focused on the influence and impact of advances in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems on the individual, society, and the future military operational environment. (Several of these NWC dissertations are available to the public as US DoD publications).  She has also taught courses at NWC in Leader Development, Ethics, Cultural Competence, as well as the Humanities and War. 

Dr. Masakowski has served as the first Associate Director, Human Factors for the Office of Naval Research Global, London, UK and as the CNO Science Advisor for the CNO Strategic Studies Group.  She was an invited Visiting Scientist at NATO CMRE, La Spezia, Italy with a focus on autonomous, unmanned systems.  She led the Human Factors Advanced Concepts group at NAVSEA, NUWC with a focus on submarine combat systems designs and Autonomous Unmanned systems design.  She is the US Chair of the NATO Research Task Group (NATO HFM RTG 286) focused on leader development for Multinational Military Operations and Co-Chair of the RTG 337 focused on NATO’s response to COVID and future pandemics. She was the Chair of the OSD TTCP Human Factors group and served on multiple TTCP panels for 16 years. 

Dr. Masakowski has a Ph.D. in Psychology (The City University of New York (CUNY), a Master’s Degree, M.A. in Psychology(Psycholinguistics, UCONN), a second Master’s Degree, M.A. Philosophy(CUNY), and a Diploma from MIT Seminar XXI in Foreign Policy and National Security.  

Dr. Masakowski has authored numerous publications, journal articles, books, including Decision Making in Complex Environments published by Ashgate Publishing, UK. Her most recent book, “Artificial Intelligence and Global Security: Future Trends, Threats, and Considerations” was published by Emerald Publishing, UK.   

She is the recipient of numerous national & international awards including the US DoD Superior Civilian Meritorious Service Award, the Navy Achievement Award, and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, et al., as well as international awards.  Most notably, Dr. Masakowski was decorated with The Czech Republic’s highest medal of honor, “The Cross of Merit”, as well as awards from France and Poland in recognition of her achievements in S&T exchange. She was selected as an Honorary Fellow of the UK Royal Institution of Naval Architects for her contribution to ship design.  

She is accomplished in several languages including Polish, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese that she has studied over the course of her career as these play a pivotal role in her NATO research.  

Expertise areas:  Human Factors, Decision Making, Artificial Intelligence, Ethics/Bioethics, Advanced technology Design, Autonomous unmanned system designs, NATO, TTCP, and International S&T collaboration