Lory Wingate joined UCAR as senior vice president and chief operating officer in May 2018. She ensures that UCAR delivers the highest quality and most cost-effective services to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Her work also solidifies UCAR’s essential role in supporting research, innovation, education, and diversity.
Wingate came to UCAR from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, where she implemented and led the Program Management Department. She oversaw all aspects of program management, project management, and systems engineering at the observatory.
She previously served as program integrator of the Joint Strike Fighter International Program at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. There, she led a global team, including nine partner nations and two major partner organizations, implementing solutions for engineering, manufacturing, and support for what became a 10,000-employee workforce. Prior to that, she worked as operations manager and research assistant for The RAND Corporation, ensuring that all proposals, project plans, and budgets were developed and implemented.
Wingate has an MBA in information systems from California Lutheran University and holds certifications in project management and systems engineering. She has significant teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels.