Alton Romig Jr.
Executive Officer, National Academy of Engineering

Grand Challenges and the Grand Challenge Scholars Program

Location: EB1 Room 3018

Tuesday, August 15th 2017 - 11:00 am

This program aims to inspire the next generation of engineers, policymakers, and the public to address critically important engineering challenges and opportunities facing humanity. It will focus on the four themes of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering: Sustainability, Health, Security, and Joy of Living, as well as Education, and Public Engagement related to the Grand Challenges. In 2008, NAE has selected 14 major Grand Challenges for Engineering whose solutions were considered critical to the future well-being of humanity and the planet. The Grand Challenges range from advances to ensure sustainable life on the planet, to improving health outcomes for individuals through engineering, to addressing threats to our security generated by humans or nature, to engineering that amazes us in the way it improves our quality of life.

Alton D. Romig, Jr. is the executive officer of the National Academy of Engineering. Under Congressional charter, the Academy provides advice to the federal government, when requested, on matters of engineering and technology. As executive officer, Dr. Romig 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 is active on a number of advisory committees including those at the University of Washington, MIT, Ohio State, Purdue, the Colorado School of Mines, and Sandia. He is also visiting associate of applied physics and materials science at Caltech.

Dr. Romig is a fellow of ASM International, TMS, IEEE, AIAA, and AAAS. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003 and the Council on Foreign Relations in 2008, and was awarded the ASM Silver Medal for Materials Research in 1988. He received his BS, MS, and PhD in materials science and engineering from Lehigh University in 1975, 1977, and 1979, respectively.

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