Mr. Nilson has spent 30 years designing, developing, and testing military aircraft for Lockheed Martin and is currently a business strategist and program manager for Corporate Engineering, Technology and Operations.
WARRENDALE, Pa. (PRWEB) June 13, 2016
SAE International’s Executive Nominating Committee (ENC) has named Donald R. (Don) Nilson, Corporate Business Strategist & Program Manager, Lockheed Martin, to its Board of Directors. He was elected by the ENC during the SAE 2016 World Congress; his term will span 2017-2020.
Mr. Nilson has spent 30 years designing, developing, and testing military aircraft for Lockheed Martin and is currently a business strategist and program manager for Corporate Engineering, Technology and Operations. He is responsible for providing executive leadership across the corporation’s business areas to develop and implement efficient business models to achieve customer and company objectives. His current focus is on developing next generation business models for the F-35 Product Support Integration (PSI) contract expected in 2019.
Mr. Nilson has held a variety of positions in the military aeronautics business including; mission systems design on several aircraft development programs, advanced programs chief engineer, director of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Air System Design and Systems Engineering team. He also has led multiple functional organizations with a focus on performance and affordability enhancements and served as a member of several design teams and led multiple advanced design/development programs. He routinely leads action teams to assess program/business performance and define necessary improvement actions.
Mr. Nilson holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, post graduate certificates from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and George Mason University, and is a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University for Program Managers.
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