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Lehigh alum to speak at Penn State commencement

Alton D. Romig Jr. to speak at university's Earth and Mineral Sciences baccalaureate ceremony on May 5.

Alton D. Romig, Jr. B.S. '75, M.S. '77, Ph.D. '79 was selected to address at Penn State's baccalaureate degree commencement ceremony for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Romig will deliver the address on Friday night, May 5, at the Pegula Ice Arena at the school's main campus in University Park.

Romig joins several other high-profile speakers headed to Penn State over graduation week, including Reddit co-founder and CEO Steve Huffman (Information Sciences and Technology), United States Senator Bob Casey (Law) and ESPN reporter and PSU alumna Lisa Salters (Communications.)

Romig is a pioneer in materials science engineering. He currently serves as the Executive Officer of the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, D.C. As Executive Officer, he 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.

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 earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Lehigh University.

April 24, 2017

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