Albert F. Myers
Albert Myers earned a bachelors (’69) and a master’s (’71) degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Idaho and was a Sloan Fellow at the Alfred P. Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a master’s degree in industrial management in 1992.
Myers served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) located in Edwards, Calif., where he held a number of positions including chief of the flight control engineering branch. DFRC is NASA’s primary center for atmospheric flight research and operations, the primary alternate landing site for the space shuttle and the orbital support station for the International Space Station.
Myers joined Northrop Grumman in 1981 as manager of flight controls engineering for the B-2 program where he later held other leadership positions including chief project engineer, deputy program manager and vice president of test operations.
In 2006, Myers became an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering which is an honor among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer. The Academy recognized Myers for his contributions to the flight control systems for NASA research aircraft and for his leadership in the development of the B-2 stealth aircraft flight control system. “This honor recognizes Myers’ superb technical abilities, his hard work and his many innovations,” said Ronald Sugar, then chairman, CEO and president of Northrop Grumman. “In keeping with his engineering excellence, he also played an important role in making Northrup Grumman the leading company it is today.
This same year he retired as corporate vice president of strategy and technology and chief technology officer for Northrop Grumman Corporation. As vice president he oversaw the ongoing development of the company’s strategic framework responsible for facilitating company-wide initiatives in technology and program development. He also served on the company’s corporate policy council. Previously, he was vice president and treasurer for Northrup Grumman, responsible for the treasury, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, real estate, pension and savings investments and trust management.
During his tenure at Northrop Grumman, the company completed in excess of $25 billion in strategic acquisitions and divestitures. The company, a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif., had 125,000 employees and operated in all 50 states and 25 countries and served U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.
Myers served from 1989 through 1998 on the NASA Aeronautics Advisory Board. He received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the 1981 Dryden Director's Award. He was elected to the University of Idaho Alumni Hall of Fame in 1997 and was the 2009 recipient of the IEEE Simon Ramo Medal which cited his role in the development of the digital flight control system for the B-2 stealth bomber.