Globalizing Strategic Tech
Vivek Lall, 47, is Chief Executive in charge of US and International Strategic Development at General Atomics. General Atomics is a global leader in nuclear and high end defense technologies. He is based at their corporate headquarters in San Diego, California. GA had an initial charter to explore peaceful uses of atomic energy. Leading scientists came to GA, forming the nucleus of a staff which, including affiliated companies, currently numbers about 8,000. GA carries out the largest and most successful nuclear fusion program in private industry. The company has been the primary developer of modular helium-cooled nuclear power reactor systems, and its TRIGA® research reactors have operated around the world for over 50 years. GA and its affiliated entities also manufacture, operate, and service state-of-the-art unmanned aerial vehicles (eg Predator), are engaged in uranium mining and processing, and provide nuclear instrumentation, aircraft launch and recovery systems (EMALS/AAG), superconducting magnets, systems for hazardous material destruction, magnetic levitation systems, medical diagnostic products, information technology and many other products and services for government and industry.
Vivek has held numerous leadership roles in marketing and engineering at Boeing in the United States since 1996 including in the Airplane Performance and Propulsion group. He also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Embry-Riddle, McConnell Air Force Base. Vivek also served as the founding Co – Chair of the US – India Aviation Cooperation Program launched by Norman Mineta in 2005. He was appointed as Vice President and Country Head, Boeing Defense Space & Security in May 2007. He led a team to conclude the path breaking and largest ever US-India defense deals for C17 strategic lift, P-8I Anti submarine warfare aircraft and Harpoon Missiles. He oversaw multiple campaigns as well as pan India strategic industrial tie-ups. Prior to Boeing he worked for Raytheon and conducted research with NASA Ames Research Center in various multidisciplinary engineering fields.
Vivek earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Carleton University in Canada and a Masters of Aeronautical Engineering degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. He also has his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University in Kansas and his MBA from City University in Seattle. He has also completed management and executive courses at the American Management Association in Washington DC and the Boeing Leadership Center in St. Louis.
Vivek has been the recipient of several honors, including the 2008 OCA National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award in the US.
Cambridge (UK) has listed him as one of only 2000 Outstanding Scientists of the Twentieth Century.
He has also been cited in Who’s Who several times. He is in the Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Honor Society as well as the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society. He was President of the Mathematical Association of America and in the US. He has authored over hundred articles in various journals. He was also trained as a private pilot at the Phoenix International Flight Training Center in Florida.
Vivek is a United States citizen and resides in California with his wife and two children.