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Alton (Al) D. Romig, Jr.

(Term expires April 14, 2015)

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Dr. Alton D. Romig, Jr., is Vice President of Advanced Development Programs Engineering and Advanced Systems, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. In this capacity, he sets the strategic direction for the capture of new business and leads the management of the world-renowned Skunk Works®, the pre-eminent seat of aerospace innovation for more than 65 years.

Prior to joining Advanced Development Programs, Dr. Romig spent more than 30 years with Sandia National Laboratories, operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company. His responsibilities there included the leadership of development and engineering activities providing science, technology and systems expertise in support of U.S. programs in: military technology; nuclear deterrence and proliferation prevention; technology assessments; intelligence and counterintelligence; homeland security; and energy programs.

During his time with Sandia he held a variety of management assignments including Chief Technology Officer and Vice President for Science, Technology, and Partnerships. In that role, he was Chief Scientific Officer for the Nuclear Weapons Program, accountable for Sandia's interactions with industry and academia. Additionally, he was responsible for the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program. Most recently, he served as the Executive Vice President, Deputy Laboratories Director, and Chief Operating Officer responsible for all aspects of Laboratory business including the science and technology base supporting all Laboratory programs.

Known for his pioneering work in materials science, engineering and characterization, he has won numerous international prizes including the ASM Silver Medal for Outstanding Materials Research (1992). As an engineer he worked on and led teams that designed, manufactured and delivered numerous systems to the national security enterprise.

Dr. Romig is an active member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has served on numerous influential government advisory councils and boards either through the US Government or the National Academies including: the Intelligence Science Board, an advisory body to the Director of National Intelligence; the National Institute of Standards and Technology Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology, an advisory body to the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology; Defense Science Board Summer Studies; the Air Force Studies Board; Standing Advisory Committee to the Special Operations Command; and the Standing Committee on Technology Insight, an advisory committee to the intelligence community. Dr. Romig has served on several industrial boards including for the Technology Ventures Corporation, a Lockheed Martin subsidiary dedicated to technology commercialization; and as a Lockheed Martin Representative on the Atomic Weapons Establishment (UK) Board of Directors. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, ASM International (American Society for Materials), and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. Dr. Romig is a Senior Member of IEEE, and he has served as Chairman of the United Way of Central New Mexico.

Dr. Romig received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Lehigh University in 1975, 1977 and 1979, respectively.