Biography of Micky Blackwell

Cobb County resident Micky Blackwell is the 1999 recipient of the Reed Aeronautics Award‚ the…

Georgia (Dec 20, 2004) — Biography of Micky Blackwell

James "Micky" Blackwell


Cobb County resident Micky Blackwell is the 1999 recipient of the Reed Aeronautics Award‚ the highest award an individual can receive for achievements in the field of aeronautical science and engineering. With a lifetime of work in aeronautics and engineering‚ Blackwell has also been recognized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as the 1992 Region II Engineer of the Year. He was named 150th Anniversary Distinguished Engineering Fellow by the University of Alabama’s College of Engineering in 1988‚ and was inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 1995. In 2002‚ he was named Cobb County Citizen of the Year.

Currently Blackwell works as a consultant to major corporations‚ policy groups and the U.S. government on aerospace and defense issues. This follows his retirement in 2000 as executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Corporation‚ after working at Lockheed for more than 30 years. He was appointed to the position in 1995 and had corporate oversight of Lockheed Martin’s worldwide aeronautics business headquartered in Bethesda‚ Maryland.

Blackwell joined Lockheed Martin in 1969 as a research engineer after working seven years for NASA in Langley‚ Virginia. He held a number of management positions at Lockheed‚ including chief engineer of special projects‚ vice president of engineering and vice president of the F−22 fighter program. He served as president of Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company in Marietta from 1993 to 1995.

Blackwell received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Alabama in 1962 and a master’s in the same discipline in 1966 from the University of Virginia. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard in 1986 and received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Mercer University in 1994.

Dedicated to community service and involvement‚ Blackwell is chairman of the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee‚ which reports to the governor. He also serves as a member of the Marietta Redevelopment Corporation‚ Cobb Community Foundation‚ Friends of the Strand and Aeronautical Museum Boards in Marietta. In addition‚ Blackwell is a member of several university boards‚ including Kennesaw State University’s RTM Institute for Leadership‚ Ethics & Character advisory board.

A native of Jasper‚ Alabama‚ Blackwell and his wife‚ Billie‚ reside in Marietta.


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