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Biography of Dr. Allen Adler

(Term expires January 24, 2022)


Dr. Allen Adler
Credit: NIST

Dr. Allen Adler is Director of the Sensors and Electronics Laboratory at HRL Laboratories, LLC, in Malibu, California. Dr. Adler joined HRL January 15, 2018, having retired from his position as Vice President of Enterprise Technology Strategy for The Boeing Company in March 2017. 

At Boeing, Dr. Adler was responsible for leading the company’s strategic planning for technology that identifies the critical technologies in which The Boeing Company invests hundreds of millions of dollars in research and development funds, based on future business opportunities. Technology planning also fosters enterprise-wide collaboration and replication of key technologies across the company’s multiple global businesses.

Dr. Adler was also the executive sponsor of the Boeing Technical Fellowship, a group comprising the company’s most accomplished scientists and engineers, who promote technical excellence and innovation and represent Boeing’s top research, development, and manufacturing capabilities.

Before joining Boeing, he served at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as director of the Tactical Technology Office, which sponsored pioneering work in Systems of Systems and unmanned vehicles, and had responsibility for the initial phases of the Future Combat Systems and Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle programs. Adler also once led the Advanced Technology group at Hughes Aircraft Company, Electron Dynamics Division. 

Dr. Adler earned a bachelor of science degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1973 and a doctorate from Princeton in 1978, both in physics. He and his family reside in Southern California.

Created February 12, 2016, Updated September 9, 2021