Atherton Carty Director, Enterprise Technology Roadmaps Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs
AIAA Aviation Forum 2020
Atherton is a technical executive within the Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs (ADP) organization, also known as 'The Skunk Works'. He is responsible for leading the Enterprise Technology Roadmaps portfolio within the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, chartered with providing foundational Air Vehicle, Mission Systems and Survivability technologies as well as groundbreaking Revolutionary Technologies and Emerging Concepts. This broad and diverse portfolio is focused on providing enabling technology in support of both current and future programs to serve key customers’ needs.
In his current role, Atherton guides the strategic direction of the Technology Roadmaps portfolio and actively interfaces across both enterprise and industry to collaboratively identify, develop, mature and transition innovative technologies toward solutions. Robust partnerships with customers and stakeholders culminate in the definition and implementation of technology roadmaps and transition plans to enable innovative system solutions. Atherton is privileged to lead multiple innovative teams that routinely undertake groundbreaking technical challenges as evidenced by a recent 2018 Robert J. Collier Trophy.
Called upon by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Atherton served on multiple study committees in substantive appointed roles. He is an AIAA Associate Fellow and received the Lockheed Martin NOVA and AeroStar awards for his technical achievements. He holds a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from George Washington University’s Joint Institute for the Advancement or Flight Sciences (JIAFS) at the NASA Langley Research Center and a Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Syracuse University. Atherton, his wife, and two sons reside in Southern California.