2007-2008 IRI Chairman Dick Paul

Dick Paul, VP, Strategic Development & Analysis, Boeing (Seattle) Named Chairman at IRI Annual Meeting

Rancho Mirage, CA - May 6, 2007 - Dick Paul, Vice President, Strategic Development & Analysis for Phantom Works, The Boeing Company, Seattle, Washington, has been named Chairman of the Industrial Research Institute (IRI). IRI represents senior executives from a wide range of industries whose member companies invest more than $70 billion annually in R&D worldwide. Paul will accept the chairmanship during IRI's Annual Meeting, Rancho Mirage, California, May 6-9, 2007.

“We are looking forward to Dick's in-depth R&D experience and believe his exceptional leadership skills will be invaluable to the IRI,” said Ed Bernstein, President, IRI.

Paul joined Boeing in October 2000 after 33 years with the Air Force. He works for Boeing's Phantom Works, the company's research and development organization, and is dedicated to advancing the company's competitiveness through technology development, process improvement, and new product development.

During his Air Force career, Paul served in two Air Force laboratories, a product center, Headquarters of two major commands, Headquarters U.S. Air Force in the Pentagon, and a joint staff assignment. In his last assignment, he served in a dual-hatted position as the Air Force Technology Executive Officer and commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

“This is an exciting opportunity as the challenge of R&D innovation intensifies for our member organizations,” said Paul. “I look forward to working with our Board of Directors and the IRI staff in bringing relevant and value-added services to our full spectrum of members.”

Paul received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla (UMR) and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and was awarded a professional degree in Electrical Engineering by UMR. He is also a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base AL, the Naval War College at Newport RI, and the Defense Systems Management College's Program Management Course at Fort Belvoir VA.

He is a past member of the National Research Council's Air Force Studies Board, and has served as an ad hoc advisor to the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He has also been a director on the UMR Alumni Association Board of Directors, is a member of the UMR Academy of Electrical Engineering, is a member of the UMR Dean of Engineering's Advisory Council, and is a recipient of the UMR Alumni Merit Award. He was recently appointed to the Air Force's Air University Board of Visitors, and serves on the National Science Foundation's Small Business Innovation Research Advisory Committee.
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About the Industrial Research Institute The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) is the foremost business association of leaders in research and development (R&D) working together to enhance the effectiveness of technological innovation in industry. Founded in 1938 through the National Research Council, the IRI comprises senior executives from a diverse range of industries whose member companies are investing over $70 billion annually in R&D worldwide. The IRI is the leading cross-industry organization providing the R&D community with insights, solutions and best practices in innovation management developed through collaborative knowledge creation.