Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering of Ford
Dr. Ken Washington is vice president of Research and Advanced Engineering at the Ford Motor Company. Appointed in August 2014, Washington leads Ford’s worldwide research organization, overseeing the development and implementation of the company’s technology strategy and plans.
Prior to joining Ford, he was vice president of the Space Technology Advanced Research and Development Laboratories at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. In this role, Washington was responsible for leading an organization of approximately 700 scientists and engineers in performing research and development in space science and related R&D.
Previously, he served as Lockheed Martin Corporation’s first chief privacy officer, a role in which he built the company’s privacy program, set the privacy strategy direction and established a team of privacy professionals to execute the strategy. Washington also previously served as the vice president and chief technology officer for the Lockheed Martin internal IT organization, where he was responsible for shaping the future of the corporation’s information technology enterprise.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in February 2007, Washington served as chief information officer for Sandia National Laboratories, where he also previously served in a variety of technical, management, and program leadership positions.
An automotive industry disrupter, Washington was named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business 1000 in 2016, an exclusive community of influencers in business from across the economy and around the globe. He was also featured on Fast Company’s Most Productive People list 2015.
Washington was born in October 1960. He has a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a fellow of the MIT Seminar XXI program on International Relations.