Dr. Lance A. Davis

Executive Officer
National Academy of Engineering
Dr. Lance A. Davis

Lance A. Davis is the Executive Officer of the National Academy of Engineering.  Under Congressional charter, the Academy provides advice to the federal government, when requested, on matters of engineering and technology.  As Executive Officer, Dr. Davis is the Chief Operating Officer responsible for the program, financial and membership operations of the Academy, reporting to the President.  Prior to joining the Academy, he served as Deputy Director, Defense Research and Engineering (Laboratory Management and Technology Transition) at the Pentagon from 1994 to 1999.  Dr. Davis spent the majority of his career in industry at Allied-Signal Inc. (now Honeywell).  He joined the then Allied Chemical as a Research Scientist in 1968 and moved through a succession of R&D management positions leading to appointment as Vice President of Corporate Research and Development in 1984. He continued in this capacity until joining the Defense Department in 1994. 

Dr. Davis graduated summa cum laude from Lafayette College in 1961 with a BS in metallurgical engineering.  He received a masters of engineering in 1963 and a PhD in engineering and applied science from Yale University in 1966.  He spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Yale before joining Allied.  Dr. Davis is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi.  He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1992 and received the Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award from the Multi-Association Industry Affordability Task Force in December 1999.