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October 27, 2015

Ron Luman Inducted to George Washington University’s Engineering Hall of Fame

David Dolling (right), dean of George Washington University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, presents the Hall of Fame award to Ron Luman (pictured left).

David Dolling (right), dean of George Washington University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, presents the Hall of Fame award to Ron Luman (pictured left).

APL Chief of Staff Ron Luman was among seven distinguished alumni inducted into George Washington University’s Engineering Hall of Fame Thursday, Oct. 22.

Luman, who has significant experience in strategic planning and implementation, systems engineering, stochastic optimization and strategic weapon systems technologies, was recognized for his technical leadership in undersea and missile guidance systems, ballistic missile defense and intelligence systems architectures. He earned his doctor of science in systems engineering from GWU’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (or SEAS) in 1998.

“Our inductees are a truly impressive group of engineering leaders who have dedicated themselves to excellence in innovation and management and to shepherding into existence numerous cutting-edge technologies that help us protect our nation and explore our universe,” said David Dolling, dean of SEAS. “We are honoring a group of individuals whose responsibility for the Hubble Space Telescope Program, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, the Navy’s Electromagnetic Railgun Project, marine engineering projects, and many other technologies, has had a tremendous impact on our society.”

“It is a great honor to be recognized by George Washington University, which is a leader in systems engineering education,” Luman said. “And it is humbling to be counted among the members of its Engineering Hall of Fame.”

“This honor validates what many of us have known for a long time,” said APL Director Ralph Semmel. “Ron is a top-notch engineering professional and a recognized leader in his field.”

Luman began working at the Lab in 1978 as a staff mathematician and went on to serve as head of the National Security Analysis Department and then assistant director for strategy before assuming his current position in 2013. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Middlebury College. He holds a master’s degree in applied mathematics from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in technical management from Johns Hopkins University.

Luman currently chairs the systems engineering program for the Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals graduate program, which is the nation’s largest such program.

GWU established the Engineering Hall of Fame in 2006 to recognize and honor distinguished SEAS alumni, faculty, staff and friends who have contributed to engineering, technology, management or public service in a sustained and significant way during their careers.

For more information on the GWU Hall of Fame inductees, see

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