Robie Samanta RoyVice President, Technology at Lockheed Martin Government Affairs
Robie I. Samanta Roy is the Vice President for Technology at Lockheed Martin Government Affairs where he is responsible for supporting corporate engagements with the US Government S&T community across the United States. From 2014-2019, Dr. Samanta Roy was the corporate Vice President for Technology Strategy and Innovation under the Chief Technology Officer where he: 1) developed and provided technical intelligence and strategy for the corporation; 2) engaged the global S&T ecosystem outside the corporation – including government labs, universities, large and small businesses, and startups; and 3) fostered cross-enterprise innovation within the corporation as well as external innovation activities.
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 including test and evaluation. 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 a 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 is on the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee and from 2015-2019 chaired the Industry Relations Committee of the International Astronautical Federation. Dr. Samanta Roy continues to serve in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.