Eric Adolphe is the CEO of San Antonio-based start up, Forward Edge-AI, that provides end-to-end software and mobile application development services focused on security devices on the “forward edge”.  Importantly, the company is inspired by Adolphe and his team who believe Artificial Intelligence (AI) can and should be a transformative force for good and solve complex problems of social consequence. 

The company pursues high-risk, high-reward research and development projects in AI, Blockchain/DLT, Robotic Process Automation, and Swarm Intelligence to solve pressing national security and public safety challenges.

Under Adolphe’s leadership in advancing technology, he has inspired innovation, bold thinking, fresh ideas and enhanced collaboration.  He has leveraged his private sector experience and incorporated Forward Edge’s innovative spirit and emphasis on the public good into the fabric of all of his successful ventures. 

Adolphe is an advocate for increasing the pipeline of underserved communities in STEM fields and a major champion, mentor, and force in strengthening the voice of the tech community in advancing technology’s impact on the public and private sectors.

He has been feted with the First Black Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Tibbett’s Award, the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame honor, the National Capital Business Ethics Award, the National Society of Black Engineers Humanitarian and Innovators Award, Maryland Tech Council’s Entrepreneur of the Year, the winner of one of NASA’s Highest Honors for a Scientific Contribution, and Federal Computer Week’s “FED 100” in 2021. 


Eric Adolphe is richly deserving of this “first-time” 2021 “Service to the Citizen” award and recognition for his leadership, technical and organizational prowess and his tremendous impact and transformative force for good.  




 Chief Executive Officer