Alton D. Romig, Jr.
Alton D. Romig
Executive Officer, National Academy of Engineering
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Alton D. Romig, Jr. is the NAE executive officer, responsible for program, financial, and membership operations. He was previously vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Advanced Development Programs, better known as the Skunk Works®. He joined Sandia National Laboratories 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 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 serves or has served on numerous advisory committees for major universities as well as the board of the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (2003–08), where he chaired the program committee. 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 for outstanding contributions to the science and technology of materials and for innovative research and development on defense systems, and elected to the Council on Foreign Relations in 2008. His extensive service to the National Academies includes terms on the Committee for Technology Insight: Gauge, Evaluate, and Review (chair) and Committee on Research, Development, and Acquisition Options for US Special Operations Command; and chair of the NAE’s Committee on Membership, Materials Engineering Section, and Materials Engineering Peer Committee. He was awarded the ASM Silver Medal for Materials Research in 1988. Dr. Romig received his BS (1975), MS (1977), and PhD (1979) in materials science and engineering from Lehigh University.

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