Volgenau Named Virginia’s Outstanding Industrialist

Posted: February 8, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Ernst Volgenau
Ernst Volgenau

Gov. Timothy Kaine and Science Museum of Virginia Director Walter Witschey announced last week that Ernst Volgenau, a member of Mason’s Board of Visitors, is Virginia’s Outstanding Industrialist for 2007.

Volgenau’s award was announced along with four Outstanding Scientists for 2007. The honorees will be introduced to the General Assembly later in the current session and will receive their awards at a banquet at the Science Museum on Thursday, April 19.

“These select people are at the top of their fields,” said Kaine. “Their creativity, contributions and dedication are aimed at making life better for us all.”

“Science and industry are such an integral part of our existence that we often take them for granted,” said Witschey. “Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist and Industrialist awards give us an opportunity to stop and recognize the people whose hard work and talent have helped create the technology and lifestyle we enjoy every day.”

Volgenau is founder and chairman of SRA International Inc. He founded the technology services company in the basement of his Reston, Va., home in 1978. Today the company has more than 5,000 employees and revenue exceeding $1 billion.

In 2005, Volgenau and his wife, Sara, donated $10 million to Mason’s School of Information Technology and Engineering, which was subsequently named The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering.

SRA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The company has grown every year and has been profitable since its founding. SRA is known for its ethic of honesty and service. It has been chosen by Fortune magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” for eight consecutive years.

Volgenau spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a colonel. He helped develop space boosters, satellites and computer systems, and he taught astronautics. He was a team leader for the secretary of defense, conducting large-scale analyses of weapon systems and command structures. He has also been director of inspection and enforcement for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Volgenau received his PhD in engineering in 1966 from the University of California at Los Angeles. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Volgenau also serves on the Inova Health Care Services Board, the Darrell Greet Youth Life Foundation Advisory Board and the Virginia Economic Bridge Board.

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