Robie I. Samanta Roy, Ph.D.
Robie I. Samanta Roy is vice president of Technology Strategy and Innovation at Lockheed Martin. Dr. Samanta Roy’s primary responsibilities include: 1) developing and providing technical intelligence and strategy for the corporation; 2) engaging the global S&T ecosystem outside the corporation – including government labs, universities, large and small businesses, and startups; and 3) fostering cross-enterprise innovation within the corporation. In this role, he works with leaders from across the Corporation to develop and actively manage enterprise technology roadmaps aligned with customer and business area needs. Dr. Samanta Roy also serves as a liaison with government and non-government organizations critical to the formation of S&T policy and the execution of research.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Dr. Samanta Roy was a professional staff member with the Senate Armed Services Committee from 2010 to 2014 with the portfolio of the Department of Defense’s wide spectrum of science and technology-related activities. He came to that position from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he was the assistant director for Space and Aeronautics from 2005 to 2009 and was responsible for space and aeronautics activities ranging from human space flight to the Next Generation Air Transportation System. Dr. Samanta Roy previously served as a Strategic Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office and as a Research Staff Member in the Systems Evaluation Division of the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia.
Dr. Samanta Roy earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT. He earned a master’s degree in space policy from George Washington University and diplomas from the International Space University and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
Dr. Samanta Roy is an Associate Fellow and member of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the National Research Council’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. He also chairs the Industry Relations Committee of the International Astronautical Federation and serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences and on the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee. Dr. Samanta Roy continues to serve in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.