Curtis Merriweather | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Curtis Merriweather

Curtis Merriweather
PhD Management - Designing Sustainable Systems, 2021 - Present
Doctor of Management, 2019 - 2021
Chief Executive Officer, Emergent, Inc.

Curtis A. Merriweather Jr. is an accomplished Senior Executive, Advisor, Thought Leader, and Board Member with more than 25 years of success across the aerospace and defense industries. His broad areas of expertise include capture management, corporate strategy, cyber-security, entrepreneurship, information technology, innovation management, and strategy. Curtis holds a leadership position of Chief Executive Officer where he oversees a team of seven (7) directors across all units and functions, including HR, finance, cyber, business development, sales, and marketing. He also delivered year-over-year revenue growth of 5-7% and increased share of the market in major accounts and strategically important international regions, including the United Kingdom, and built the acquisition pipeline and relationships with key organizations implementing strong, aggressive marketing campaigns and programs within critical markets. He has also served as a Program Manager for NAVWAR and managed global installations for the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) in Bahrain, Germany, Italy, Japan, Virginia, and Hawaii. Prior to his roles at Naval Inforwation Warfare Center (NAVWAR), Curtis additionally led as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN)/Research, Development, and Acquisitions Liaison, and the Chairman of the Architecture Development Integrated Product Team (AD-IPT), and the Liaison for Chief Engineer for Communications Department for Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) and NAVWAR and the Computer Engineering Apprentice for the Department of Energy (DoE), Bechtel Corporation. Curtis was named a game changer by the White House Policy Advisor for Entreprenership and Innovation in 2020. In addition, he received an invitation from the White House Policy Advisor for Entrepreneurship & Innovation to discuss contract expansion initiatives for minority-owned firms in the United States in 2020. Curtis A. Merriweather, Jr. obtained his Master's degree in Business Administration and Project Management from the Citadel as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina. While at Naval Information Warfare System (NAVWAR), Curtis obtained his Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering (SPRDE) Level III and Program Management Level II certifications from the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). Currently, Curtis is pursuing a Ph.D. in Management at Case Western Reserve University with an emphasis in Designing Sustainable Systems.

Curriculum Vita

MS, The Citadel, 2018
MBA, The Citadel, 2011
BS, University of South Carolina, 2003

Interests and Courses


The decision making of health care teams when using sociotechncal systems, specifically electronic health record (EHR) or Health IT systems. As a result of my primary research interest, I interested in better understanding how cognitive load, interoperability, interpersonal communications, and macroergonomic utility influences decision making within a sociotechnical solutions context.


My teaching interests include entrepreneurship, information systems, and management.

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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  • Merriweather, C. A. Engaged Management Scholarship Conference, "Health IT and Decision Making: A Rx for Sociotechnical Innovation and Transformation Within Healthcare", Executive DBA Council, Miami, Florida. (2021).
  • Merriweather, C. A. The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNONVA), "Health IT, Healthcare Teams, and Patient Care Delivery", The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNONVA), Virtual. (2020).

Academic and Professional Activities

  • American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). 2021 - Present
  • Academy of Management (AoM). 2020 - Present
  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) . 2019 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Academy of Management (Annual Conference), 2020


  • Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Translational Fellow Program, (2020).
  • Doctor of Management Design & Innovation Fellow, (2020).
  • Doctor of Management Nonprofit Management Fellow, (2019).