Charles Rolls and Henry Royce
Memorial Lecture 2018

The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics is honored to have Dr. Dana "Keoki" Jackson give the 2018 Charles Rolls and Henry Royce Memorial Lecture on Sept. 24, 2018.

Dr. Dana "Keoki" Jackson is the Chief Technology Officer at Lockheed Martin. His lecture is entitled, "Innovations on the Horizon of Flight." Dr. Jackson plays a key role in developing next-generation and generation-after-next technologies for aeronautics and space flight. Dr. Jackson will share what's next on the horizon of flight, the awe-inspiring innovations that today's students will have an opportunity to help pioneer, and why this is the most exciting time to be an aerospace engineer in over a generation.

Dr. Jackson is responsible for the corporation's advanced technology strategy, digital transformation and global information (IT) operations. He oversees the Corporate Technology team, which is comprised of 5,000 technologists, engineers, researchers, analysts, and cybersecurity professionals located around the world. Under his direction, the organization is shaping the next era of operational capability and innovation for Lockheed Martin.

As the primary liaison to the United States and international science and technology community, he manages strategic relationships with government, industry and academia to ensure the maturation and deployment of cutting-edge technologies.

Prior to this role, Dr. Jackson served as the vice president for Program Excellence, where he was responsible for the cross-functional integration of five corporate councils for engineering and technology, production, program management, supply chain and sustainment.

Dr. Jackson’s previous roles include vice president for Navigation Systems and program manager for Global Positioning System (GPS) III at Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems Company, and technical and leadership positions in space-based communications, navigation and missile warning.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, Dr. Jackson was a NASA research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the field of human adaptation to the space environment. He received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Jackson is a member of Sigma Xi, a fellow of the United Kingdom Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), an associate fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). He previously served on the Sandia Corporation Board of Directors, and is a current member of the AIAA Foundation Board of Trustees, the Georgia Institute of Technology Advisory Board, the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering, and the Visiting Committee for the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.