SAE International Names Lockheed Martin Strategist Don Nilson to Board of Directors

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SAE International’s Executive Nominating Committee (ENC) has named Donald R. (Don) Nilson, Corporate Business Strategist & Program Manager, to its Board of Directors. He was elected by the ENC during the SAE 2016 World Congress; his term will span 2017-2020.

Donald R. (Don) Nilson, Corporate Business Strategist & Program Manager, Lockheed Martin

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.

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.

SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 127,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our charitable arm, the SAE Foundation, which helps fund programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.

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