Laura J. McGill AIAA President; Deputy Laboratories Director, and Chief Technology Officer, Nuclear Deterrence Sandia National Laboratories


Laura McGill is the Deputy Laboratories Director for Nuclear Deterrence and the Chief Technology Officer at Sandia National Laboratories. Prior to joining Sandia, she was the Deputy Vice President of Engineering at Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a $15B business of Raytheon Technologies. She previously served as the Vice President of Engineering at Raytheon Missile Systems, leading all aspects of technical development and execution. From 2007 through 2011, she was the Product Line Chief Engineer for Air Warfare Systems, for which she was responsible for all engineering activities and technical performance of a $2B portfolio of Air-to-Air Missiles, Precision-Strike Air-to-Ground Weapons, and Tomahawk Cruise Missiles. Her earlier assignments included a progression of Program Director and Chief Engineer positions, including AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile) Deputy Director and Chief Engineer of Tomahawk Cruise Missiles. She was named a Principal Engineering Fellow in 2010. Laura is an adjunct faculty member for the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering for which she teaches graduate courses in Systems Engineering. She is a Lifetime Fellow of the AIAA and the current President-elect, having previously served on the Board of Directors as the Vice-President of Technical Activities, Standards and Treasurer, and currently chairs the Honors and Awards Committee. She serves on numerous academic and research foundation advisory boards and she was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in Oct 2019.

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