Distinguished Alumni Awards

Richard L. Grant

Richard L. Grant
To Richard L. Grant for his contributions to the engineering and the management of engineering of advanced defense, energy, and space programs.

Vice President and Space Station Freedom Program Manager, Boeing Aerospace & Electronics, Huntsville, Alabama

BS, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, 1961

Richard Grant combines engineering technical and managerial skills with an appreciation of long-range planning and responsiveness to national goals. During his 30 years with the Boeing Company, he has been an engineer and engineering manager of a range of disciplines. He directed analysis and mechanical and light testing of Minuteman missiles and underground systems; was vice president of Boeing Helicopters for the V-22 Osprey Program, an innovative program combining engineering aspects of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters; and directed Boeing’s efforts in nuclear reactor safety and commercial programs, which included managing a program on gaseous centrifuge uranium enrichment to develop and manufacture an advanced gas centrifuge. He is currently vice president and program manager for the pressurized modules of Space Station Freedom. Throughout his career, he has been a leader in the national engineering community through the Atomic Industrial Forum, Governor’s Task Force on Job Skills Planning, and American Defense Preparedness Association and in the local community through industrial development boards, boards of various banks and hospitals, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Junior Achievement, and Scouting. He has provided briefings and testimony on technical issues to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. In 1987, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, UIUC.

Current as of 1991.