General Ellen M. Pawlikowski
General Ellen M. Pawlikowski Bueche Award
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General (retired) Ellen M. Pawlikowski is an independent corporate director providing expertise on strategic planning, program management, logistics, and research and development. She serves on the public boards of directors for the Raytheon Company, RPM International, and Velo3D.

Ellen Pawlikowski was the third woman to achieve the rank of General in the US Air Force. In her last assignment, she served as Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The command employs some 80,000 people and manages $60 billion annually, providing the Air Force with research and development, life cycle systems management, test and evaluation, installation support, depot maintenance, and supply chain management.

General Pawlikowski's career has spanned a variety of technical management, leadership, and staff positions. As a general officer, she commanded the MILSATCOM Systems Wing, AF element of the National Reconnaissance Office, AF Research Laboratory, Space and Missile Systems Center, and AF Materiel Command. She also served as program director and program executive officer for several multibillion-dollar military system acquisitions.

General Pawlikowski is nationally recognized for her leadership and technical management acumen. Among her honors are the Women in Aerospace Lifetime Achievement Award, the Peter B. Teets Award from the National Defense Industry Association, and the Air Force Association Executive Management Award. She is an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a fellow of the Directed Energy Professional Society, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

She entered the Air Force in 1978 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She then attended the University of California, Berkeley as a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation fellow and received a doctorate in chemical engineering in December 1981.

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  • Bueche
  • 2022
  • For exceptional leadership of the development of space systems for national security, management of innovative, all-domain aerospace systems, and promoting diversity in engineering.