Lory Mitchell Wingate joins UCAR leadership

National Radio Astronomy Observatory executive named UCAR senior vice president and chief operating officer

April 5, 2018

BOULDER, Colo. — The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) has named Lory Mitchell Wingate as its new senior vice president and chief operating officer. She will assume her new responsibilities on May 21.

Lory Wingate, UCAR Sr VP
Lory Wingate, UCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. (©UCAR. Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

Wingate, who succeeds Michael Farrar, will ensure that UCAR continues to deliver the highest quality and most cost-effective services to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). She will help further solidify UCAR’s essential role in supporting research, innovation, education, and diversity. UCAR manages NCAR on behalf of the National Science Foundation.

 "This position is critical for executing UCAR's primary mission, which is to be an exemplary steward of the National Science Foundation's investment in NCAR," said UCAR President Antonio J. Busalacchi. "Lory's extensive management experience and her innovative accomplishments at for-profit and nonprofit research organizations will be a great asset to our organization and the Earth system science community. I look forward to working with her as UCAR extends its record of managerial excellence."

Wingate comes to UCAR from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, where she has implemented and led the Program Management Department. She oversees all aspects of program management, project management, and systems engineering at the observatory.

She previously served as program integrator of the Joint Strike Fighter International Program at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. There, she led a global team, including nine partner nations and two major partner organizations, implementing solutions for engineering, manufacturing, and support for what became a 10,000-employee workforce. Prior to that, she worked as operations manager and research assistant for The RAND Corporation, ensuring that all proposals, project plans, and budgets were developed and implemented.

Wingate has an MBA in information systems from California Lutheran University and holds certifications in project management and systems engineering. She has significant teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels.


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