Ron Olson '58
We are proud to announce that Ron Olson ’58, will chair the $1 million thinkTANK Campaign. Ron, retired Boeing Company executive, has a distinguished history of volunteer leadership at the college. He was instrumental in the 1990’s Engineering Physics Building campaign, served many years on the College of Engineering Advisory Board and as an EXPO judge. Ron received the Alumni Hall of Fame Award as well as the Outstanding Alumni Award.
In 1998, Ronald C. Olson was president of Sea Launch Co., LDC, a Boeing-led multi-national corporation that was developing a sea-based commercial satellite launching service. In this role Ron oversaw the activities of the Sea Launch Co. partners in a unique commercial launching service that was contracted to place satellites in orbit in the summer of 1998. The partners were Boeing (U.S.), Kvaerner a.s. (Norway), RSC Energia (Russia) and NPO-Yuzhnoye (Ukraine). In his prior position Ron was Missile Systems program manager, Boeing Defense & Space Group, Missiles & Space Division, where he led a development and manufacture of strategic and tactical missile systems. Under Olson’s purview were such strategic programs as the Minuteman missile, the Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) and its variants, Boeing’s highly successful AVENGER air defense system, the U.S. Army’s Airborne Surveillance Testbed, and developmental efforts like the Enhanced Fiber Optic Guided Missile (EFOG-M) weapon system.
In his prior assignment, Olson was the division’s Chief Engineer following a number of assignment sin the Business Development arena. A Boeing program manager since 1985, Olson provided leadership to the Small Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Mobile Basing program, the P-3 Update IV Anti-submarine Warfare program, and the FD-15 Air Launched Anti-satellite (ASAT) program.
Before his program manager roles, Olson held several positions on the Short Range Attack Missile (SRAM) program which included guidance and control design, missile design, carrier aircraft equipment design and senior engineering management. In addition, Olson was program engineer for many years on the BOMARC and HIBEX (High G Booster Experiment) missile programs.
Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota., and raised in Everett, Washington, Ron holds a B.S. (EE) degree from the University of Idaho College of Engineering and for many years served as Advisory Board Chairman of the College of Engineering. He has attended the Defense System Management College and the Senior Executive Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.