Warren M. Boley, Jr., is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Norsk Titanium, the leading innovator in bringing structural additive manufacturing capability to the world’s premier aerospace and defense companies.
Prior to leading Norsk Titanium, Mr. Boley was the President of Aerojet Rocketdyne and before that, he served as the President of Military Engines for Pratt & Whitney – a United Technologies company.
Boley’s lifelong dedication to the creation and advancement of STEM causes includes currently serving as a National Board Member of the Challenger Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. He was also the founder of the Aerojet Rocketdyne Space and Aviation LaunchPad, which successfully debuted at the California Capital Airshow in Sacramento and promoted STEM to more than 100,000 attendees and fans.
Boley has also served as a Board Member of the Virginia Commonwealth Center for Advanced manufacturing, and as Director of Harvard Business School Club of Connecticut. He is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the U.S. Air Force Association.
Under Boley’s leadership, Aerojet Rocketdyne was ranked #1 of The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company and recently he led Norsk Titanium to similar recognition as a Top 10 Innovation Company.
Mr. Boley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was a participant in the management development program at the Harvard Business School.
Norsk Titanium is the world’s pioneering supplier of aerospace-grade, additive manufactured, structural titanium components. The company is distinguished in the aviation industry by its patented Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™) process that transforms titanium wire into complex components suitable for structural and safety-critical applications. The Norsk Titanium research and development team is leading a manufacturing revolution by providing a precision wire deposition technology embodying disruptive savings for aerospace, defense, and commercial applications. www.norsktitanium.com
People and excitement are the keys to successfully leveraging investment in any STEM initiative. When I launch a new STEM outreach, I’m always mindful of selecting passionate leaders to execute the program who have their own STEM successes and failures to draw from – this makes them both relatable and credible to the kids and young adults we work with. We have found that the best STEM programs are tied to an amazing outcome that excites the imagination and passions of the participants. It’s hard to convince a child to “suffer” through more difficult courses than their peers based solely on reasoning and logic. Not surprisingly, we have measured the best results when we tie a program to an exciting embodiment of STEM such as being an astronaut or stunt pilot. That’s why I chose to invest in the California Capital Airshow to design and build a 15,000 square foot STEM LaunchPad pavilion in 2013.
Aside from having a technical background, when I look to hire leaders at Norsk Titanium, a major factor in our selection process is a hands-on science and technology background – with an emphasis on risk taken and results achieved. We search for bright men and women who have overcome obstacles in their lives, education and work history that demonstrate their steadfast dedication to finding solutions to highly complex problems – often under austere working conditions and preferably while getting their hands dirty. Encouraging leaders to actually accomplish engineering tasks, even when high probabilities of failure exist, is a great way to build a culture of innovation and risk-taking to underpin a STEM ecosystem.
I have embraced diversity throughout my career and especially in my role as CEO of Norsk Titanium. We have an incredible mix of talent in our U.S. organization as well as from our Norwegian technology team. The mixing of cultures, ideas and creative approaches between America and Europe has resulted in uncontained innovation. We celebrate diversity in our team as much as business and technical achievements and it is a major component of our success. Starting with our board of directors all the way through our ranks, we recruit the finest scientific minds, particularly women and underrepresented minorities. In fact, just 17% of our workforce are Americans with the rest of our international team comprising scientists and engineers from Norway, Iran, Canada, China, UK, India Romania and others. 67% of our people hold a college degree, 55% hold a Master’s degree and 13.5% hold a Ph.D. degree.
Our female colleagues comprise 17% of our workforce and are growing steeply in both numbers and technical influence. Dawne Hickton was recently elected to our board of directors following an illustrious career as CEO of RTI International Metals, Inc. which was acquired by Alcoa thanks in large part to her technical and business leadership.
Hilde Loken Larsen, Ph.D. is our top metallurgist and head of research & development. We also recruit leaders with proven STEM backgrounds to inject energy and excitement to the organization and our STEM initiatives. Our CCO Chet Fuller was a decorated U.S. Navy pilot. Our Vice President of Sales Steve Carrington was a US Navy F/A-18 Pilot and Top Gun instructor and our Vice President of Marketing Chip Yates holds 18 World Records in electric vehicles he designed and created.