Franklin Miller Named as New Chairman of Draper Laboratory

October 11, 2013

Franklin Miller Named as New Chairman of Draper Laboratory

CAMBRIDGE, MA-- Draper Laboratory elected Franklin Miller, who served in senior positions at the Pentagon, State Department and White House under both Democratic and Republican presidents, as Chairman of the Board at a board session following its annual meeting on Oct. 5.

Draper also welcomed Joanne Maguire, a former executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems, and Lena Goldberg, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, to its Board of Directors, and Michael Wallace, director of the nuclear energy policy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), as a member of its Corporation.

Miller, who served as a senior nuclear policy and arms control advisor in the administrations of Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, has served on Draper’s Board of Directors since 2007. He is also a principal at the Scowcroft Group, an international business advisory firm.

He is a member of the U.S. Strategic Command Advisory Group and the Defense Policy Board, as well as a Director of the Board of EADS-North American and a Senior Advisor for the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ International Security Program.

A five-time recipient of the Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, DoD’s highest civilian award, Miller has been honored with numerous other awards including the Distinguished Honor Medal from the Department of State and the Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Medal from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Miller succeeds John Gordon, a retired Air Force general, who had served as chairman since 2008.

“Frank Miller brings a wealth of leadership and advisory experience from across the spectrum of U.S. strategic defense, policy, and foreign relations to his role as Chair of the Board,” said Draper President & CEO James D. Shields. “His expertise will help Draper build on its successes and develop new initiatives in support of national interests.”

Maguire has served as a Member of Draper’s Corporation, which advises the Laboratory’s president on strategic direction, since 2010. Fortune Magazine has included her on its annual list of “50 Most Powerful Women in Industry” four times, and she received the Society of Women Engineers’ (SWE) Upward Mobility Award in recognition of her contributions to aerospace engineering and diversity management.

Goldberg, who has served as a Member of the Corporation since 2008, is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation; an executive fellow of the Boston Bar Foundation, serving as president of the Foundation from 2003 to 2004; and a former member of the Boston Bar Association’s council and diversity committee. She formerly worked as executive vice president for strategic corporate initiatives as well as executive vice president and general counsel at Fidelity Investments.

Draper Laboratory, which celebrates 80 years of service to the nation in 2013, is a not-for-profit, engineering research and development organization dedicated to solving critical national problems in national security, space systems, biomedical systems, and energy. Core capabilities include guidance, navigation and control; miniature low power systems; highly reliable complex systems; information and decision systems; autonomous systems; biomedical and chemical systems; and secure networks and communications.

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