DETROIT, MI—Dr. Ken Washington is vice president of Research and Advanced Engineering and chief technology officer, Ford Motor Company, effective June 1, 2017. In this role, Washington will continue to lead Ford’s worldwide research organization, overseeing the development and implementation of the company’s technology strategy and plans, and playing a key role in the company’s expansion into emerging mobility opportunities. He directly reports to Jim Hackett, Ford’s new president and CEO.
Prior to joining Ford, he was vice president of the Advanced Technology Center at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. In this role, Washington was responsible for leading a team of scientists and engineers in performing research and development in space science and related R&D.
Previously, he served as Lockheed Martin Corporation’s first chief privacy officer, a role in which he built the company’s privacy program, set the privacy strategy direction and established a team of privacy professionals to execute the strategy. Washington also previously served as the vice president and chief technology officer for the Lockheed Martin internal IT organization, where he was responsible for shaping the future of the corporation’s information technology enterprise.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in February 2007, Washington served as chief information officer for Sandia National Laboratories, where he also previously served in a variety of technical, management, and program leadership positions.
Washington was born in 1960. He has a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a fellow of the MIT Seminar XXI program on International Relations. — The Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company hosted the first automotive news conference of CES 2016 on press day at Mandalay Bay. Dr. Washington (right), sharing a few moments with Perry Carter, Publisher, bdpatoday, discussed one of Ford’s success stories with the Department of Defense (DoD) and DARPA. He also highlighted exciting opportunities for today’s workforce supporting new autonomous vehicles and his memories of attending BDPA meetings early in his career with BDPA’s Detroit Chapter.
— BDPA photo by Kyle Carter © 2016 bdpatoday