Allen Adler is the Director, Sensors and Electronics at HRL Laboratories and the former vice president of Enterprise Technology Strategy for The Boeing Company, the world's largest and most diversified aerospace company.
In this role, Adler lead the company's advance planning and strategies around eight technical domains that ensure Boeing's competitive advantage in technology advancement. The domain strategies identify future business proposition and determine which critical technologies The Boeing Company chooses to invest its hundreds of millions of dollars in advance research and development funds. In addition to setting research priorities, the domain teams also enable enterprise-wide collaboration and replication of key technologies among the company's multiple global sites focusing on commercial, military, space and security businesses.
Adler is also executive sponsor of the Boeing Technical Fellowship, a group comprising the company's most accomplished scientists and engineers who promote technical excellence and innovation, as well as represent Boeing's top research, development and manufacturing capabilities.Additionally, Adler directs a research organization, called Strategy and Innovation, that identifies developing and transitioning business opportunities, as well as provides company modeling and simulation services. The group also analyzes both the effectiveness and affordability of select technologies and supports Boeing's strategy in air traffic management.
Before joining Boeing, Adler served at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as director of the Tactical Technology Office. This DARPA office sponsored pioneering work in Systems of Systems and unmanned vehicles, and had responsibility for the initial phases of the Future Combat Systems and Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle programs. Adler also once led the Advanced Technology group at Hughes Aircraft Company, Electron Dynamics Division.
Adler earned a bachelor's of science degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1973 and a doctorate from Princeton in 1978, both in physics. He and his family reside in Southern California.