Jean-Lou Chameau
President, California Institute of Technology

Fred W. Bowen

Presentation by
William Perkins


AHS Overview


Charles Elachi
Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dan Goldin
Former Administrator, NASA

Kent Kresa
Chair, Caltech Board of Trustees

Scott Large
Director of the National Reconnaissance Office and Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force (Intelligence Space Technology)


Ares Rosakis
Chair, Aerospace Historical Society, Director, GALCIT
Video Part I / Part II

Presentation of the 2008 International von Kármán Wings Award to
Dr. Alexis Livanos


Closing Video


Alexis Livanos

Alexis Livanos is corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Space Technology sector. In this role he is responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the sector, which develops a broad range of systems at the leading edge of space, defense, and electronics technology. He also serves on the company's corporate policy council.

With more than 30 years experience in research and applications in the fields of microelectronics, solid state physics, electro-optics, and signal processing, Dr. Livanos has numerous technical achievements. He introduced III-V compound semiconductors to space, including GaAs MESFETs, HEMTs and HBTs, resulting in unprecedented capability and performance for a number of highly significant National Security Spacecraft Systems. He has led advanced research programs in GaAs and InP semiconductor devices, fiber optics, and electro-optic subsystems, leading to an array of new government applications. He has also published numerous technical papers.

Dr. Livanos earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, a master's degree in engineering science, and a Ph.D. in engineering science and physics from the California Institute of Technology. He also taught applied physics at Caltech for two years as a post-doctoral fellow.

Dr. Livanos' most recent honors include induction into the National Academy of Engineering and receipt of the Distinguished Alumni Award at Caltech. He is a member of the IEEE and AFCEA, and an associate fellow of the AIAA. He is on the Board of Directors for the Space Foundation, the National Defense Industrial Association where he also serves as the Chairman of the Intel Committee, and the California Chamber of Commerce. He is a fellow of the California Council on Science & Technology and has chaired its task force on the best and brightest. Dr. Livanos is on the Board of Councilors for the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering. He is also chairman of the Science Advisory Council for the Graduate Aeronautical Laboratory of Caltech (GALCIT) and a member of the Visiting Committee for Caltech's Division of Engineering and Applied Science.

Learn more about Alexis Livanos by watching this video.