Alton D. Romig, Jr.
Alton D. Romig, Jr.
Executive Officer, National Academy of Engineering
Washington, DC
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Alton D. Romig, Jr. is executive officer of the National Academy of Engineering, which is congressionally chartered to provide, when requested, advice to the federal government on matters of engineering and technology. As chief operating officer Dr. Romig is responsible for the Academy’s program, financial, and membership operations, reporting to the president.

Before assuming his current position, he was vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company’s Advanced Development Programs, better known as the Skunk Works®, the preeminent seat of US aerospace innovation for more than 70 years. He led research and advanced development activities and set the strategic direction for current and future programs for the company’s Aeronautics Business Area.

Dr. Romig spent more than 30 years with Sandia National Laboratories (operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company) before joining Advanced Development Programs. His senior leadership responsibilities included development and engineering activities providing science, technology, and systems expertise in support of US programs in military technology, nuclear deterrence and proliferation prevention, technology assessments, intelligence and counterintelligence, homeland security, and energy programs. As a member of the technical staff he is one of the few engineers to have worked on every nuclear weapons system currently in the US stockpile.

He held a variety of management assignments at Sandia, including director of the Materials Science and Engineering Center and, later, the Center for Microelectronics and Microsystems, where he was responsible for creating the laboratories’ intelligent, integrated microsystems program.  Dr. Romig played a major role in the establishment of the laboratories’ Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) facility. Upon promotion to chief technology officer and vice president for Science, Technology, and Partnerships, he served as chief scientific officer for the Nuclear Weapons Program, assumed responsibility for Sandia’s interactions with industry and academia, and led Sandia’s Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program. Later he was vice president for Intelligence and Nonproliferation Programs and director of Sandia’s Field Intelligence Element. As executive vice president he led all of Sandia’s nonnuclear weapon activities in the Integrated Technology Systems Business Unit. He was also deputy laboratories director and chief operating officer responsible for all aspects of Laboratory business, including the science and technology base supporting all Laboratory programs, before transferring to the Skunk Works.

Dr. Romig was a member of the UK Board of the Atomic Weapons Establishment. He served two terms on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), the main advisory body to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Technology and director of the laboratory.  Dr. Romig also serves or has served on advisory committees at the University of Washington, MIT, Ohio State, Purdue, Georgia Tech, the Colorado School of Mines, and Sandia National Laboratories. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors of Football Research, Inc., a nonprofit entity created and supported by the National Football League to review engineering technology to improve the safety of the sport. He is also visiting associate of applied physics and materials science at Cal Tech.  He has served on advisory committees to several DOE National Labs including Sandia, Los Alamos and Oak Ridge.  He currently serves in an advisory capacity to Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Dr. Romig was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003 and the Council on Foreign Relations in 2008. He is a fellow of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a fellow and honorary member of ASM International, which awarded him the ASM Silver Medal for Materials Research in 1988. In 2023, Dr. Romig also received the IEEE-USA George F. McClure Citation of Honor for his significant contributions to the aerospace industry, national security, and engineering policy.

He received his BS, MS, and PhD in materials science and engineering from Lehigh University in 1975, 1977, and 1979, respectively.  He holds active TS-SCI and Q clearances.

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