Alton D. Romig, Jr. is a pioneer in materials science engineering. He serves as the Executive Officer of the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, D.C. As Executive Officer, Romig is the Chief Operating Officer responsible for the program, financial and membership operations of the Academy, reporting to the President.
Prior to joining the Academy, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Development Programs, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, where he sets the strategic direction for the capture of new business and leads the management of the world-renowned Skunk Works. This secretive weapons facility is responsible for a number of famous military aircraft designs, including the U-2, the SR-71 Blackbird, the F-117 Nighthawk, and the F-22 Raptor. Its largest current project is the F-35 Lightning II, which will be used in the air forces of several countries around the world. Production is expected to last for up to four decades.
Prior to joining Advanced Development Programs, Romig spent more than 30 years with Sandia National Laboratories, operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company. During that time he held numerous management positions, including Chief Technology Officer and Vice President for Science, Technology and Partnerships where he was Chief Scientific Officer for the Nuclear Weapons Program. He also served as Executive Vice President, Deputy Laboratories Director, and Chief Operating Officer. He led the development and engineering activities providing science, technology and systems support for U.S. programs in military technology, nuclear deterrence and proliferation prevention, technology assessments, intelligence and counterintelligence, homeland security and energy programs.
Romig has been widely recognized for his pioneering work in materials science, including the ASM Silver Medal for Outstanding Materials Research in 1992 and the National Materials Advancement Award from the Federation of Materials Societies in 2006. In 2003, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, perhaps the most prestigious honor bestowed on engineers in the United States. In 2004, Romig received the materials science and engineering department’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Romig received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Lehigh in 1975, 1977 and 1979, respectively.