Dr. Vivek Lall (Chief Executive of General Atomics Global Corporation) was honored by the Governor of Kentucky as a Kentucky Colonel in January 2022 which is the highest title of honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is the most well-known honorary colonelcies conferred by United States governors. US Presidents George Bush, Jimmy Carter, Lynden Johnson, Ronald Reagan are some others that have been conferred this honor of Kentucky Colonel. 

He officially received his appointment on May 17th, 2022 in Madrid given by Prof. Sir Manuel Freire-Garabal y Núñez in representation of the State of Kentucky.

During the awarding ceremony Dr. Vivek Lall presented to Prof. Sir Manuel Freire-Garabal y Núñez an appreciation token with the Presidential Seal.

Dr. Vivek Lall has received another different honors because of his achievements such as the Grand Cross by His Highness Mahmoud Salah Al Din Assaf from the Royal Order of Banu Assaf in January 2022.

Lall has been given the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021 in the presence of the ruling family of the United Arab Emirates and princess Märtha Louise, daughter of King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway at the Ritossa Family Summit which is the world’s leading family office investment conference, where world leaders and elite family office investors unite together to invest and create a brighter future for the planet. Over 400 elite family offices, prominent conglomerate business owners, Sheikhs, royal families, private investment companies, sovereign wealth funds and industry professionals representing over USD4.5 trillion in investor wealth attended the event. He has also received 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. 

Lall 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.

Lall was appointed to the International Advisory Group of the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC in 2021. Lall also serves on the Board of Directors of US Japan Business Council and the Board of Directors of the US India Business Council in Washington DC. 

He also serves as Senior Advisor to the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy at the University of California San Diego as well as on the Board of the Center for Advancing Global Business at San Diego State University. In 2018, he was appointed by the United States Government in a key advisory role to the US Cabinet Secretary heading Department of Transportation (encompassing entities like the Federal Aviation Administration) in Washington DC which affects US and global aviation policies and technologies.

Lall served as Vice President of Aeronautics Strategy and Business Development at Lockheed Martin based in Fort Worth, Texas. Lockheed Martin is the world’s largest defense company. Prior to that he has served as Chief Executive of U.S. and International Strategic Development at General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems. From 1996-2011, Vivek held numerous marketing and engineering leadership roles with The Boeing Company in Seattle including the Airplane Performance and Propulsion Group. He was appointed as Vice President and India Country Head, Boeing Defense Space & Security in May 2007.

He also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Embry- Riddle, McConnell Air Force Base. He also served as the founding Co-Chair of the US – India Aviation Cooperation Program launched in 2005. Prior to Boeing he worked for Raytheon and conducted research with NASA Ames Research Center in various multidisciplinary engineering fields. Lall also was a special advisor to the United Nations in New York, a role in which he steered the multi-nation body frame policy and its implementation in the area of broadband and associated cyber security issues.

He was President of the Mathematical Association of America. 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.

Pictures by Rafael Plaza Aragonés

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