Dr. Martino has spent his life in dual capacities - in business and science as a career, and in philanthropic and charitable activity as an avocation. Currently he is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Martino Systems, Inc., and currently serves as a Senior Fellow for the Foreign Policy Research Institute.
Business and Science
In business and scientific pursuits, Dr. Martino has been in the forefront of computer applications and process innovation almost from the inception of the computer. His contributions have created products and jobs, promoted economic growth, and enhanced the ability of technology to address important aspects of business, commerce, and government; and to improve the quality of life. Of particular interest is Dr. Martino's invention and patenting of what has become the Smartphone. Prior to organizing his own company, Dr. Martino directed the Aerospace Division of Adalia, Ltd, a firm headed by Sir Robert Watson Watt, the inventor of Radar; directed all activities in Canada for UNIVAC, and worked with Admiral Grace Hopper on automatic programming systems; formed a partnership to create Mauchly Associates with John Mauchly, the co-inventor of computers, and spearheaded the Critical Path Method created by this company; and finally headed the Special Projects Group of Booz Allen and Hamilton. As Founder, Chair and CEO of XRT, Inc, a company he founded in the 60’s, Dr. Martino served some of the largest companies in the world. Before selling the company in 1997, this company was moving some $3 trillion dollars per day through systems he designed with thousands of clients in 51 countries. These included the largest companies in the world, such as most of the oil companies in the world, the Bank of Tokyo, Prudential Insurance, ManuLife, the FDIC, US Postal Service, and the US Navy. From 1997 onwards, Dr. Martino concentrated on his invention of the Smart Phone; writing books; and most recently in creating secure systems for complete protection against hackers, identity theft, and asset theft.
His accomplishments during some 65 years in technology have given him a global reputation.
Lecturing, Writing and Boards
Dr. Martino has lectured extensively throughout his professional life and has served as a Professor and Department Head for several universities, including the University of Waterloo,
the University of Toronto, and New York University. He has lectured at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Singapore, the Academy in Taiwan, and others. Dr. Martino’s graduate and senior undergraduate lectures included such topics as Artificial Intelligence, Truth in Religion and Science, Information Systems, Economics, and Financial Modeling Systems. He continues to lecture throughout the world.
Dr. Martino has been a guest speaker at many functions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. He has taken part in scores of radio and video broadcasts speaking on Foreign Affairs, Information Technology, Innovation, and National Security.
Dr. Martino is the author of twenty-nine published books as well as scores of papers, and numerous corporate monographs. He is listed in various biographical anthologies.
Dr. Martino has also served on various committees, commissions and boards associated with technical standards; on corporate and university boards; and public service boards such as the World Affairs Council, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and the Committee for Public Policy.
Charitable and Philanthropic Accomplishments
His charitable and philanthropic accomplishments are equally of significant impact and importance in the lives of myriad numbers of people, directed mainly to the charitable and spiritual activities of the Catholic Church in particular, and generally to the spiritual efforts associated with all religions and denominations.
Dr. Martino and his wife Barbara created the Rocco and Barbara Martino Foundation in 1990 with the objective of impacting leadership in Catholic youth and in furthering the objectives of Catholic institutions, especially educational ones. As part of this program, the Martino Scholars were established at various institutions and at various levels of education. To date, these scholarships have helped scores of students in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Martino has been knighted five times. Most significant is his Papal Knighthood in the Order of St. Gregory the Great awarded by Pope John Paul II in 1991. He is a Knight Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, which also awarded him its Gold Palm Medal; and is a Knight of Obedience of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta which also awarded him the Cross of Merit - Pro Merito Melitensi in 2010. He is a Knight Commander of the Constantinian Order of St. George, and a Knight of Maurice and Lazarus. He has served on numerous boards of Catholic institutions and foundations; and on committees and task forces of the archdioceses of Philadelphia and Baltimore. He is a Steward of St. Peter, a member of the Papal Foundation that serves the charitable objectives of the Pope.
Dr. Martino has served on various Public Service, Charitable, and Church Organizations. He served a Vice Chair of the Board of the Gregorian University Consortium Foundation from 1982-1998, and as Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee. He served as a member of the Board of St. Joseph’s University from 1989-1998; the Board of Councilors of the Eastern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, 1988-2010; the Board of the Federal Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta 2000-2006; the Board of the Vatican Observatory from 1993-2009; the Board of the National Italian American Foundation, 2001-2005; and was Founding Chairman and served from 1985-1989 with the MBF Foundation dedicated to applying computer technology for those with severe physical and/or mental handicaps. From 2000-2005 he served as Chair of the International Committee for the Basilica in Baltimore. Dr. Martino has also served on various Corporate Boards over the past fifty years. He is currently a member of the Audit Committee of the Board of the Papal Foundation, and on various committees of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He was a founding member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Legatus in 1988, and served as Eastern Regional VP from 1996-2000.
Education, Honorary Degrees and Awards
Dr. Martino graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Toronto in Mathematics and Finance in 1951. He earned a Ph.D. from the Institute of Aerospace Studies at the University of Toronto for work on the re-entry of space vehicles. This work, sponsored jointly by the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, and the Canadian Department of National Defence, determined the heating parameters of space vehicles re-entering the earth's atmosphere. This work formed the basis for the heat shields employed in the space program.
In 1993, Dr. Martino received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Neumann University for his contributions in Information Technology. In 2000, he received Honorary Degrees from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Both degrees were awarded for his humanitarian and charitable activities, as well as for his scientific achievements.
The National Italian American Foundation honored Dr. Martino with a Lifetime Achievement award in 1992. Dr. Martino also received a lifetime achievement award in 1999 from the Monte Jade Society, the Chinese honorific society; and the CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) selected him for their Hall of Fame in 2000. In this latter award, he was chosen as a symbol of excellence for youth.
Dr. Martino is a lifetime member of the Union League of Philadelphia, a member of the Overbrook Golf Club in Bryn Mawr, and of the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City. He is an avid sailor, and a Past Commodore of the Yacht Club – 1974 – a member of the Board from 1971-1990, and Chairman 1884-90. He has served as Commodore of the Mid-Atlantic Yacht Racing Association from 1979-1981, and Secretary from 1981-1988.