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Alton D. Romig, Jr. is the executive officer of the National Academy of Engineering. In this capacity he is the chief operating officer responsible for the program, financial, and membership operations of the Academy, reporting to the NAE president.
He was previously vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Advanced Development Programs, better known as the Skunk Works®. He spent the majority of his career at Sandia National Laboratories, operated by the Lockheed Martin Corporation, having joined Sandia as a member of the technical staff in 1979 and moved through a succession of R&D management positions leading to his appointment as executive vice president in 2005. He served as deputy laboratories director and chief operating officer until 2010, when he transferred to the Skunk Works.
Dr. Romig serves or has served on a number of advisory committees, including those at the University of Washington, MIT, Ohio State, Purdue, Georgia Tech, the Colorado School of Mines, and Sandia National Labs. He is also visiting associate of applied physics and materials science at Cal Tech. He serves on the board of directors of Football Research, Inc., a nonprofit created and supported by the National Football League to review engineering technology to improve the safety of the sport.
Dr. Romig is a fellow of TMS, IEEE, AIAA, and AAAS and a fellow and honorary member of ASM International. He was elected to the NAE in 2003 and the Council on Foreign Relations in 2008. He was awarded the ASM Silver Medal for Materials Research in 1988. He received his BS (1975), MS (1977), and PhD (1979) in materials science and engineering from Lehigh University.