Dave Liska

Associate Director of Engineering and Technology
Dave Liska

As the associate director of engineering and technology, Mr. David Liska works closely with leadership to nurture the tremendous engineering and technical talent at the institute. In this role, he oversees the Science Operations and Engineering Division; the Systems Engineering, Integration and Test, and Operations Division; the Data Management Division; and the Information Technology Services Division.

From 2012 to 2019, he served at the institute as the head of the information technology services division, where he was responsible for the strategic direction and ongoing operations of the institute’s computing environment, including building and expanding IT capabilities to support science and our missions to help the institute move from a single- to a multi-mission environment.

Before joining the institute, Mr. Liska served as the deputy chief information officer at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) where he oversaw all aspects of information technology strategy and operations, including software engineering, enterprise applications, networking, security, and service delivery. During his tenure at APL, staff morale, use of best practices, inter-departmental relationships, and service performance demonstrated significant and objectively measured improvements.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Liska was a director of IT for InforMax (a bioinformatics software development company) and Invitrogen (a biotechnology research organization) where he led global, multidisciplinary teams through periods of high organizational growth following mergers and acquisitions. His primary focus was moving information technology from the back office to being part of the strategic focus of each organization. 

Mr. Liska launched his career as a data scientist focusing on epidemiology studies of patients with end-stage renal disease, and data-driven policy and legislative analyses related to Medicare and Medicaid. He has co-authored several books and peer-reviewed articles on these topics.


MS in Health Science, Johns Hopkins University
BS in Economics, Binghamton University